'Gangnam Style' Rapper PSY to Perform at Washington D.C. Christmas Show, Despite Protests

| by Michael Allen

Rapper PSY will perform at a Washington D.C. Christmas concert -- with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in attendance.

Obama was being urged by some critics to boycott the 'Christmas in Washington' show because PSY once co-sang a song about slowly killing Americans in a protest against the Bush administration, reports the Daily Mail.

TNT, which will air the concert on December 21, told NBC News that PSY will perform at the annual event and the Obamas will attend the concert.

Back in 2002, during George W. Bush's first term in office, PSY smashed a model American tank live on stage during some anti-war demonstrations in Seoul, South Korea (video below).

The protest happened after a 50-ton U.S. tank ran over and killed two 14-year-old South Korean girls, Shim Mi-seon and Shin Hyo-sun.

Amazingly, the two U.S. soldiers driving the tank were found not guilty by a U.S. military court in February 2002, which ignited massive anti-American protests.

In 2004, another protest concert was held in Seoul, Korea after the killing of Kim Sun-il, a South Korean missionary and translator, by militants in Iraq. A group of musicians, including PSY, performed 'Dear American,' a protest song written by Korean rock band N.E.X.T. 

PSY rapped about "killing those f***ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives" (which was actually occurring in prisons run by U.S. servicemen in Iraq).

He rapped: "Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers. Kill them all slowly and painfully."

A petition on the White House website urged organizers of the event to not include PSY, who recently apologized.

PSY said on Friday in a statement: "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, from eight years ago, was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two innocent Korean civilians 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 anyone by those words."

"While it's important 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 though music, our universal language we can all come together as a culture of humanity and I hope that you will accept my apology."

Many American musical artists also protested American military actions during the Bush administration, including the Dixie Chicks (who had their lives threatened many times by Americans) and Rage Against the Machine.