Sunday, December 9, 2012

"Gangnam Style" just became "Wronged 'Em Style"!

Friday December 7th, just two days before he was scheduled to perform for the president and his family at the “Christmas in Washington” concert, South Korean rapper PSY issued a statement apologizing for rapping anti-American lyrics eight years ago. At a 2004 concert, the "Gangnam Style" rapper performed a song with this lyrics:

Kill those Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully.

This is PSy's statement:
"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 I was featured in -- 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 antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world at that time," the statement read. "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."

"I have been honored to perform in front of American soldiers in recent months — including an appearance on the Jay Leno show specifically for them — and I hope they and all Americans can accept my apology," the statement concluded. "While it's important we express our opinions, I deeply regret the inflammatory and inappropriate language I used to do so. In my music I try to give people a release, a reason to smile. I have learned that though music, our universal language we can all come together as a culture of humanity and I hope that you will accept my apology."

My opinion:
Had it not been for the sacrifices of over 35,000 Americans killed in Korea, Mr. Psy's video may well have been titled "Pyongyang Style". Gotta backpedal when the bucks start rolling in...

1 comment:

Dan said...

Intr-o alta nota: Psy, Seth & SNL Co