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PSY apologizes for viral anti-American lyrics

Their hero hates them.. lol Is this the end of "Gangnam Style" mania?

Korean pop star PSY -- who rose to fame through his YouTube record-breaking video "Gangnam Style" -- apologized Friday for anti-American lyrics he rapped back in 2004.

That performance resurfaced on CNN's iReport and then circulated widely online. It included lyrics calling for the death of American troops serving in Iraq, not long after news of the brutal slaying of a South Korean hostage by Iraqi insurgents -- an incident which sparked anti-American sentiment in South Korea.

In his apology, PSY said his performance had been emotionally charged and was a response to events in the war in Iraq.

"I understand the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world," he said in a statement.

He said the song "was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two Korean schoolgirls that was part of the overall anti-war sentiment shared by others around the world at that time."

The girls were struck and killed by a U.S. military vehicle.

PSY continued: "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 by those words.

"While it's important that we express our opinions, I deeply regret the inflammatory and inappropriate language I used to do so."

The lyrics of the song, titled "Dear America," were written by the South Korean rock band N.E.X.T., and PSY was one of three performers rapping out the lyrics on stage.

The lyrics were posted on an unvetted CNN iReport in October. The English translation of the Korean lyrics has picked up steam online since then, drawing thousands of views, and then exploding on blogs and social media this week. CNN reached out to the iReporter who brought attention to PSY's anti-American lyrics, but did not receive a response.

CNN was able to translate the lyrics as saying," Kill those f--ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives and those who ordered them to torture," and going on to say, "Kill them all slowly and painfully," as well as "daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers."

PSY is scheduled to perform with stars such as Diana Ross and Demi Lovato at the event, Christmas in Washington. President Barack Obama is also planning on attending the event.

The lyrics led to a petition on whitehouse.gov demanding that he be dropped from the concert, as conservative websites picked up the story. But the petition was deleted later in the day. The White House website claimed that it violated terms of participation.

Commenters on the original CNN iReport responded with varying viewpoints on the lyrics.

Some expressed outrage over the Korean pop star's alleged call for the slaying American troops. Commenter shin000 said on October 31: "Whatever the reason is, the fact that Psy insulted American Army and their family is changeless. He sang this song because of that accident and public opinion?"

Others praised PSY for speaking up and expressing his anti-war sentiments. Commenter SavvyMike said on October 30: "As an American, this makes me like Psy even more. Glad to see he has the balls to call out America when we are doing evil."

Other commenters lashed out at the iReporter, saying that he misrepresented PSY in his iReport contribution. Commenter jsong9172 said on October 30, 2012: "He is criticizing the US Army, not the country. Do a thorough background research before you scribble something otherwise you'd ruin one's life."

After the lyrics from the 2004 performance surfaced, there was an often vitriolic response on Twitter:

"So Mr. 'Gangnam Style' @psy_oppa made a song before about America and how all U.S. soldiers should be killed....guy should flee the US now," said @TheOfficialTate.

Fashion publicist/reality star Kelly Cutrone said his "words against the women in my country" were "disgusting," and referred to him as a "poseur faker freak."

@eclecticbrotha defended him saying, "Oh look, we're supposed to hate Psy because he once joined protests against American imperialism."

As for PSY's handling of the criticism, Matt J. Duffy, a journalism teacher from Atlanta, tweeted, "His statement is lesson in good crisis PR."

It's unclear what the fallout of the revelation of these anti-American lyrics will be.

But it has us wondering -- what do you think the consequences should be? Should a rapper be held accountable for what he said in 2004? Let's talk about it in the comments on this story. You can be sure we'll continue this conversation on CNN for the next few days.




http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/07/showbiz/psy-apology-irpt/index.html


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  • Me so sorry, me annoy you long time!

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  • Whistles a different tune after getting a lot of American money. Idiotic song for the idiotic masses

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    • @southcoastdub You do know the term masses includes everyone don't you? You mean mainstream.

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    • @planesailing I think he/she meant "masses" because the mass in USA are idiots, so its better to cover all as to not leave out someone and then their feelings get hurt for being left out.. there are only a handful of people whom really don't fall in the idiot category, only a few. lol

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    • @txdot That's not actually how that term is used. Masses is used to refer to the different people that form society. USA is actually a very intellectual place, you just need to know where to look.

      You don't make a song for the masses. That's the incorrect way of using that word. You make a song for the mainstream.

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    • @planesailing I think you over analyze just a tad bit. Tryin not to be mainstream here

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    • @southcoastdub No analysis is required to notice someone using a word totally incorrectly.

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  • He is backpedaling because he stands to lose millions of dollars.

    Fuck him.

    I hope he gets his ass booed offstage at the White House.

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  • This guy's 15 minutes will be over any second now. Another stupid fad.

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  • Good, because the people in the USA are absolutely retarded when it comes to music. The more it sucks and/or the gayer it is, the more they'll buy it.

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  • If the US wasn't friends with South Korea the North would have invaded them DECADES ago.

    Hate this song, hate people who like this song, hate this guy. All for a quick buck people in the light will say anything to make more money.

    He is not sorry, he is just uneducated.

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  • fat gook fucker

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  • OK, so if someone calls for the death of American soldiers, then that's OK and that person is not against America....WTF..... wrong...the American soldiers are following orders to be in a war.....yes there are some bad ones in the bunch. No one has a sense of Patriotism anymore.

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    • @txdot

      Patriotism have become synonymous with killing children with possible hostile intent, or the support of it.

      Fuck the USA!

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    • @ObamaCare_4_All Patriotism = killing children. What does that mean, in your mind? "Patriotism have become synonymous with killing children with possible hostile intent, or the support of it." That sounds like you might need some psychiatric assistance. but agree with "fuck the USA"

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    • @ObamaCare_4_All you wouldnt say that to the face of an American..typical euro pussy :)

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    • @txdot

      I talk about the blind support for your young kids in Iraq and Afghanistan.
      Being a real patriot means defending the values of a nation.
      The United States of America are not any safer by fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan.

      Excample: Thank you for fighting for my freedom.
      How can any sane American say that to someone fighting in your current wars.

      The United States of America have become what you fought against in WWII.

      It's so sad...and dangerous for you.

      I petty you all, sad dumb fuck More..

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    • @thinkslaughter

      You just send me a message when you come to Scandinavia, then I'll tell you what's on my mind.

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  • lyrics in a song fucking 8 years ago for fucking fucks sake...
    Well really offensive things have been sung by Tupac, Ice T, Eminem, Jay-z, Snoop, Kanye, Metallica, Slayer, NIN, Hendrix, the Doors, Soulja Boy, Gaga, Marylin Manson, The Stones, Beatles...
    Lets ban them all, play nothing but Bieber, or you can shut the fuck up, realize people screw up all the fucking time, everybody says shit they regret and picking up on some bullshit someone said fucking 8 years ago is cunty and pathetic...
    An More..

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    • @snowfire It's really not that unreasonable.

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    • @TooManyNewbs Right then, Eminem and half the rappers out there, homophobia, racism, antisemitism, threats and taunts to kill cops, soldiers, FBI agents, frequent derogatory references to women, and rape/murder of women, references to child murder including forced abortion.
      Marilyn Manson NIN Metalica, drugs rape, murder references to rape..
      Hendrix, Doors, Stones, Beatles, Drugs, murder, references to rape anti government and so the fuck on...
      If what one Korean said in one lyric 8 fucking year More..

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    • @snowfire They all received incredible amounts of backlash in the USA for the things they did when they did them.

      We are just hearing about what Psy said now... It's new to us..

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    • @TooManyNewbs The problem is its been and gone, 8 years and your talking a very different person, if he was still saying it then yeah, but this just sounds like someone trying to ruin his career...

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  • FUCK PSY...they always apologize after they've been caught.

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    • @Gulf Flyer *checks Google to see if Americans have apologized for all the people they tortured to death*

      *finds nothing*

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    • @hellgremlin POTUS Barack Hussein Obama has apologized for all of America's sins to everyone and bowed down to every two bit, tin horned murderous thug dictators and religious extremist even at least twice.
      How many apologies do you want?

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    • @hellgremlin
      Waterboarding kills people?
      The more you know...

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    • @Distortion Oh... not waterboarding :)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dilawar_%28torture_victim%29

      Read. Enjoy. This is what you do, you Good Americans :)

      Hang a man by the arms... dislocate his shoulders... smash his legs for days until they're pulp... wait for him to die in agony.

      Just one example of wholesome, acceptable American "enhanced interrogation" techniques.

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    • @apacheknife Enough apologies to make the people your nation tortured feel as though justice has been done.

      Sound good?

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  • Well at least I can say I have never even listened to this rice dicks music. Watching an asian perform anything but martial arts is like watching a downs syndrome girl who just discovered masterbation.

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  • they should cancel his White House show, book a good comedian instead, will be mostly jokes in the audience anyway

    then again maybe give the guy a break, they are all hung like AAA batteries, a little rage is to be expected

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  • LOL I don't give a fuck. Anyways the reason he can sing that song is cause Americans died so his country wouldn't become part of Kim Il-Sung's playground.

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  • Who gives a flying fuck? Should be the real question

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  • i was stationed in Korea for 18 months, he is just like most korean males there, MAD because all the korean women want an American.

    Its the same near any US base around the world, germany, UK, Italy, Japan...al the same, the women love us and the men hate us. LOL!

    But yea, he should suffer for his stupidity and i hope they kick his little dick ass out of the USA and ban him from touring here.

    Oh and remember the Macarana?

    15 minutes almost up and you will be back to hating on Americans becau More..

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  • Ungrateful pieces of shit, there would be no South Korea if it werent or us..

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    • @SubhumanContinent
      Lol, I'm sure this came right from the top after all Koreans voted on the resolution. Also, past good doesn't negate a current evil.

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    • @86mang75 Who has been "evil" towards them? Only north korea, and some muslims. Not us.

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    • @SubhumanContinent
      Just because an evil isn't directed at you, doesn't mean you should never say anything about it.

      The "evil" would refer to the wars being waged in Iraq and Afghanistan and the horrible tactics our government has resorted to to fight. The torture and killing we're doing now is doing nothing more than giving people a reason to turn towards terror.

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  • As someone who is a bit right of center I view this issue rather simply.

    Anything heat of the moment is to be forgotten/forgiven as long as you realy do regret it later on. As he doesnt SEEM to me to still feel that way these days I wont hold his anger at the time against him.

    After all if the universe held every angry moment against us we would all be fucked.

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  • Gangnam Style could have been about "Fuck America" and we's still all be clueless to the lyrics trying the dance in the club.

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  • All of them wants to be Bane :D

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  • Psy is fat turd...& the company he has around him, if you know what I mean.

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  • The pic is hilarious. He's about to get mugged by the black guy.

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