Monday, December 10, 2012
The South Korean rapper Psy, he of "Gangnam Style" fame, has apologized for a far-less popular song he sang back in 2004. Called "Dear America," the song supported the killing of U.S. troops in Iraq, according to UPI.
A Korean heavy metal band wrote the song after Iraqi insurgents killed a South Korean hostage. It contains the lyrics (translated into English here by the New Jersey Star-Ledger):
"Kill those Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives/Kill those Yankees who ordered them to torture/Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers/Kill them slowly and painfully."
Psy apologized this past weekend for performing the song in 2004, telling CNN:
"I understand the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world...
"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."
Psy's video for "Gangnam Style" has been viewed more than 925 million times on YouTube, making it the most viewed video in that website's history.