PSY: Anti-American or Anti-War

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Christina Majaski by Christina Majaski

With over 917 million YouTube views, it may be safe to say there are very few Americans who have not yet heard of PSY and his Gangnam Style. There are fewer things that have become American as quickly as PSY’s“Ayy Sexy lady, Op opopopoppanGangnam Style
.” We don’t even know what he’s saying in the song; we just know it’s catchy as hell and resulted in a kick ass mash up with MC Hammer at the American Music Awards and an invitation to perform at the White House Christmas event.


All-American until lyrics from an old Iraq protest war popped up which have served to add fuel to the President Obama hates America nutbag conspiracy theories. In 2004, PSY performed a song during protests in South Korea (along with other Korean musicians) following the death of two Korean school girls who were run over by an American tank (those soldiers were later acquitted by a US military court) and the beheading of a Korean missionary. The lyrics in question were:


Kill those fucking Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those fucking Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully


It should be noted that these were not PSY’s lyrics but the lyrics of the South Korean metal band N.E.X.T., and for whatever reason, PSY has since apologized for them.


Is this anti-American or is this just anti-war crime and anti-war? Your opinion may vary depending upon your news outlet of choice.



News Anti-American Rap Won’t Keep Psy from Performing for President


Although referred to as anti-American throughout the article, PSY’s apology and explanation is a large focus of the article. In his own words, was referred to as anti-war:


"The song I was featured in — 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. 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."


It is important to note that although a petition was formed to request that PSY be removed from the concert lineup, the event is scheduled to be broadcast on TNT December 21. In addition to the President and his family, the guest list includes Conan O’Brien (the host), Diana Ross and Scotty McCreery. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s National Medical Center.



PSY-cho? Korean Rapper Once Sang of Killing Americans


“The offending song was performed as PSY and other performers were protesting the execution of a Korean missionary by terrorist demanding that South Korea not aid the U.S. in the Iraq war.”

FOX News chooses to neither consider anti-war or anti-American but instead the entertainer’s mental health referring to him as Psy-cho. (Which isn’t all together terrible since PSY himself says his name is short for Psycho, meaning anyone who is an expert at something such as music or dancing.) The FOX news article makes reference to PSY’s song of killing Americans as well as urging the torture and murder of Americans. In a more recent article at FOX, PSY’s apology for the protest lyrics isn’t mentioned except for a couple brief sentences including one for “inflammatory and inappropriate language”. It is also mentioned however that his past lyrics advocated the torture and killing of Americans (with virtually no explanation).




PSY Apologizes for Viral Anti American Lyrics


Although referred to as anti-American lyrics by CNN, the article quotes both supporters of the anti-war and anti-war crime stance as well as those claiming that PSY insulted all servicemen and their families. PSY was also quoted as saying “I understand the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world.”


CNN’s snapshot of the Twitter responses portray an interesting (albeit predictable) picture of critical thinking skills vs. very little reading comprehension skills.




Gangnam Singer PsyApologises for Anti-US Protests


According to the BBC, the lyrics to the 2004 song are largely referred to as part of anti-US protests against the US presence in South Korea and Iraq. It is referred to as neither anti-American or anti-war but as a protest effort, which as mentioned in the article, was never a secret in South Korea.


It may appear as though only non-Americans are able to understand that protesting against torture and war is no worse than actually torturing and murdering people.


Most Ridiculous News Story or Not-Really-a-News-Source


The Gateway Pundit

The Gateway Pundit starts with the absurd title “Obama to Attend PSY Protest Despite His Anti-American Past”

This is the same guy who palled around with Bill Ayers, so is it really a surprise?”


First of all, it’s a Christmas event, not a protest.

Second, the President does not choose the performers of the Christmas event.

The Gateway Pundit wins not only most ridiculous headline, but most nonsensical as well.

What do you think? Anti-American or Anti-War?

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