Apparently PSY, the genius behind the song, "Gangam Style," which has become the #1 viewed video on YouTube, had quite a few bones to pick with the
American Military a few years ago. Protesting the American military presence in Korea and Iraq, he took the stage in front of a crowd and rapped the
Kill those ****ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those ****ing Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully
It reads like something straight out of a crappy commercial hardcore band like Hatebreed, except with a distinct anti-American sentiment. This is sure
to hurt his reputation amongst Americans, but it should be noted that he has released a formal apology:
“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.”
Personally, I do believe that people can change, especially in a time span of eight years, and his apology does seem heartfelt. Still, it doesn't
make it okay to wish death upon soldiers and their families. I don't doubt that he was emotionally conflicted when he made those statements, but
should his reputation be sabotaged because of them?
I can't stress how despising this, bull sh*t, music is to true artists. I can't believe people actually like this crap anyway. Thanks, for ruining my
time on ats with this bull sh*t. I honestly hope this ruins his music career.
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I understand your pain, lol, trust me, but I hope he recovers. He is a musical troll who, in performing what may perhaps be the most retarded song
ever, has completely captivated the minds of musical Jersey Shore fans, to speak figuratively. The fact that his idiotic song is so popular is
something that I find hilarious, it's like his whole existence is a farce to put an even larger farce, the imbecility of the music industry, in
For a country that upholds "Freedom of Speech" as an inherent right, isn't it rather hypocritical to stomp on someone elses right to have their own
opinion? Or is it that anything Anti-American doesn't apply to the "Freedom of Speech" law?
Freedom of speech isn't the issue here; nobody is debating his right to hate on America. The thing about speaking against Americans, as with any
other nationality, is that there is a likelihood that they may come to dislike you. Furthermore, he has many fans in America who likely feel betrayed
or disgusted by this.
What is conflicting is whether a statement that he made out of anger 8 years ago should hold water now.
So let me get this straight. He has a right to feel a certain way but I dont?
And no I didn't declare him my enemy he declared us the enemy so you can take your point turn it sideways and boff it right up.
take your America hate elsewhere.
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How many American soldiers do you think made similar comments about killing innocent people in the middle east, in the aftermath of 9/11? Let's be
frank here, probably a great number of them.
American soldiers had just killed 2 children and were in the middle of slaughtering tens of thousands of innocent people in the middle east. When
you're dealing with raw emotion people say stupid things.
He's had success in America, which is why it is repulsive to see him having trash talked Americans. To put things in perspective, say you make a new
friend whose company you enjoy, you then find out that said friend actually hates you and your nationality. You would feel a sense of betrayal, would
you not? People who paid for his music feel wronged.
This really isn't an issue of, "How dare he hate America," it's more an issue of, "How dare he pretend to like America."
The fact that his idiotic song is so popular is something that I find hilarious, it's like his whole existence is a farce to put an even larger
farce, the imbecility of the music industry, in perspective.
Could you have any more of an elitist attitude? It's like the kid that likes "underground" hardcore music making fun of the kids that liked Blink 182.
Your mentality is so high school underground hipster it's not even funny.
People like what they like, get over it. It's all entertainment.
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