Remarks by South Korean rapper Psy years back trashing American troops have threatened
to tar the squeaky, goofy-clean image of the singer here in the US.
He's a big deal: his "Gangnam Style
" video has apparently surpassed even Justin Bieber's "Baby" to become the most watched video on YouTube ever
During a performance in 2004 with the Korean band N.E.X.T., Psy, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, uttered the following:
Kill those f---ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives/Kill those f---ing Yankees who ordered them to torture/Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers/Kill them all slowly and painfully.
Harsh, and with a shotgun approach to guilt and punishment to be sure. But Psy has since apologized for his words, saying that at the time of the performance he was especially emotional over both the deaths of two schoolgirls allegedly killed by US soldiers (they were later acquitted), and the beheading in Iraq of a South Korean missionary.
His statement of apology didn't come before a White House petition asking to have Psy's invite to the Oval Office rescinded had made the rounds. The petition has since been removed from whitehouse.gov
, prompting one conservative to ponder the motivation for the act in true "hmmm
Via Foreign Policy and Michelle Fields