Gangnam Style Anti-American: PSY Apologizes For His Anti-American Statement

By on Dec 8, 2012 in Asia, Entertainment, Music, United States Comments

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South Korean pop star PSY apologized after reports of his anti-American statements surfaced on Friday, December 7, 2012.

According to reports, the Gangnam Style artist allegedly rapped anti-American statements during protest concerts in 2002 and 2004.

PSY issued the following apology as quoted by the Hollywood Reporter:

“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 — eight years ago — 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 antiwar 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 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. While it’s important that 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 thru music, our universal language we can all come together as a culture of humanity, and I hope that you will accept my apology.”

Some reports said that the translation of PSY‘s rap was distorted to be more US-specific instead of a general antiwar statement.

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