Gangnam style bloke in a bit of bother

That man who sings the novelty pop song "Gangnam Style" has issued a full and frank apology according to The Daily Dot:
"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 featured on in question from 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."
Perhaps I should be more clear. He's not yet apologised for his song, "Gangnam style". Instead he's crapping his pants over a song he sang years ago demanding people murder the "f--king Yankees" and their families "slowly and painfully". Turns out not all publicity is good publicity and his CV was starting to look a bit dodgy now it has been revealed he once sung these lyrics:
Kill those f--king Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those f--king Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully
(Again from The Daily Dot)
The track itself is here:
I don't speak Korean but the tune itself sounds pretty siiick[1] to me. His apology continues:
"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."
Full apology in The Daily Dot.
The big pussy didn't actually write the tune but according to ABC 7 news in 2007 he made a point of smashing a model of a U.S. tank on stage. ABC News reports:
The 34-year-old rapper says the protests were part of a "deeply emotional" reaction to the war and the death of two Korean school girls, who were killed when a U.S. military vehicle hit them as they walked alongside the road. He noted anti-war sentiment was high around the world at the time.
It's thought he dropped the "Kill the f--king Yankees" track during this particular performance

Fortunately his anti-American sentiment appears to have calmed since people started paying him lots of money to sing harmless novelty pop songs instead.

Gangnam style indeed!


[1] This is intended as a compliment. I actually like the dense sound of this tune even if the translated and decontextualised lyrics appear a bit moronic.

----------- EDIT 13th December -----------

Press coverage regarding a tragic death in the UK suggests that the media has suddenly taken a serious dislike of this guy:

Gangnam Style dance kills dad (The Sun)

It's a tragic story of a man who was killed by a heart attack but the spin is interesting given the anti-American story being reported more widely around the world.

Then there's this attempt to fudge the anti-American lyrics here:

Controversy over Psy’s anti-American lyrics might be based on shoddy translation (Washinton Post)

I made it clear in the original post that these lyrics were both "translated and decontextualised" but am suspicious of a number of things. Firstly, why did he apologise instead of attempt to deny the story and secondly this article contains lots of "might be" language. There's clearly debate and those advocating a "misunderstanding" still ultimately fall on the side of these lyrics being offensive and strongly anti-American.

Nick Margerrison


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