Before the Koran star most known for his hit “Gangnam Style” was a household name in the U.S., he rapped about the torture and killing of Americans.
“Kill those f—ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives,” Psy raps in a 2004 song called “Dear Americans.” The song continues, “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.”
Psy went global just a few months ago with his quirky song, accompanied by contagious new dance moves. The music video for the song became the most watched YouTube video with one billion views.
The anti-American song was performed as a protest against the execution of a Korean missionary, demanding South Korea to not aid the U.S. in the Iraq war.
Psy issued a statement apologizing for the offensive language in the old song.
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.”
Psy is scheduled to perform his hit song at the “Christmas in Washing” concert Dec. 21. An online petition to stop Psy from performing in Washington, but the Korean rapper is set to appear as planned.