Few would have expected the Korean version of LFMAO to be embroiled in a political scandal.
But PSY was forced to apologise yesterday after it was revealed that he had previously rapped about killing Americans ‘slowly and painfully’ at a protest concert in 2004.
The 34-year-old once took to the stage with Korean rock group N.E.X.T. to perform ‘Dear American,’ a reaction to a South Korean missionary who was executed in Iraq as a revenge killing for the country’s support of a war backed by the US, which featured the following lyrics:
“Kill those f**king Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives / Kill those f**king Yankees who ordered them to torture / Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers / Kill them all slowly and painfully.”
It doesn’t really have the same ring to it as ‘Gangnam Style‘ does it? But PSY explained in a statement that he now regrets his comments:
“As a proud South Korean who was educated in the United States and lived there for a very significant part of my life, I understand the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world.
“The song in question – from eight years ago – was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two innocent Korean civilians that was part of the overall anti-war sentiment shared by others around the world at that time.
“While I’m grateful for the freedom to express one’s self I’ve learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and I’m deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted. I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused anyone by those words.
Seems like he’d be best advised to stick to novelty dance crazes from now on.