PSY Apologizes For Controversial Anti-US Military Song
PSY has apologized for a song he performed back in 2004 that called for the death of US military members. Billboard reports that the South Korean singer was part of a rally concert in 2002 that protested against the US military’s presence in South Korea after two Korean schoolgirls were killed in an accident involving an American military vehicle. PSY, then twenty-five, performed a song called “Killer” and held up a plastic model of an armored vehicle, which he then smashed against the floor with his mic stand.
Two years later in 2004, he performed a protest song called “Dear American” that was a response to the beheading of South Korean missionary Kim Sun-il in Iraq by an Islamist group. The beheading was filmed after the South Korean government refused to cancel their commitment to send 3,000 troops to aid the US-led coalition in Iraq. The song includes the lyrics, “Kill those f—ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives/Kill those f—ing Yankees who ordered them to torture/Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers/Kill them all slowly and painfully.”
In his apology today, PSY said that he now knows “there are limits to what language is appropriate and I’m deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted.” He issued the following statement to MTV News:
“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,” the statement read. “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.
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 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.”