Internet sensation Psy, whose YouTube video “Gagnam Style” is the most watched video ever on the site, once rapped about killing American soldiers. The rapper-turned-dance-craze enthusiast expressed his anti-American sentiment on two different occasions in the past, which western media is now discovering. The singer has now apologized for his actions.
One of the performances took place in 2002, when Psy smashed a toy model of a U.S. tank on stage during his song “Killer,” which was a protest of the deaths of two Korean school girls who had been run over by an American tank.
Thousands of U.S. troops were occupying Korea and the time and the soldiers responsible were acquitted by the U.S. military court. The song was described by the Korea Herald as “a mockery of the brutal law of the jungle when big guys can bully the weak for anything.”
The second protest took place in 2004 at a concert for a South Korean metal band called N.EX.T, where Psy helped the band sing their song, “Dear American.” The song was released during a time when anti-American sentiment was escalating in South Korea due to the beheading of a South Korean missionary in Iraq.
The song is not in English, but the translated lyrics are: “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 all slowly and painfully”
Since “Gangnam Style,” the rapper has won American music awards and has been featured on shows such as “Saturday Night Live,” “Today,” and “Ellen.” He even performed for an entire audience of U.S. troops on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno on Nov. 23. Time’s up for this rapper’s 15 minutes of fame.