Korean rapper Psy, he of Gangnam Style, is scheduled to perform at the White House tomorrow.
It turns out that Psy had some unkind things to say to the USA back in 2004
According to reports, in October of that year, Psy took part in a concert in which he joined several other prominent artists onstage for a version of Korean rock group NEXT’s song “Dear American,” and after seizing the microphone, rapped a verse that stated “F—ing Yankees” and their families, should be killed “slowly and painfully.”
The concert reportedly took place months after the kidnapping — and subsequent beheading — of South Korean missionary Kim Sun-il by an Islamist group, who demanded the nation cancel plans to send 3,000 troops to support the U.S. war in Iraq. After the South Korean government refused to back down, Kim’s execution was videotaped, with the masked executioner stating “Korean citizens, you were warned, your hands were the ones who killed him … your soldiers are here not for the sake of the Iraqis, but for cursed Americans.”
Say again? Islamists murder a Korean missionary, and it’s the Americans who are the “F—ing” evildoers?
In case you think he just blurted it out on impulse, here are the lyrics,
Kill those f****** Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those f****** Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully
Not what you would expect from a performer that claims,
“In my music I try to give people a release, a reason to smile.”
Psy now wants to go to the WH, though, so he’s issued a non-apology, starting with the classic,
“I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused anyone by those words,”
by which he’s not apologizing for what he actually said, but for the pain he caused you.
And, by the way, I find it offensive and inappropriate that the White House would have him perform after finding out about this, for two reasons: the incitement to violence against Americans, and the fact that tomorrow’s is a Christmas concert.
Cross-posted at Fausta’s blog.