The singer of “Gangnam Style,” who is slated to perform before President Barack Obama on December 21 during the annual “Christmas in Washington” concert, participated in an anti-American rally and concert in South Korea in 2004 in which he rapped lyrics that wished for the “daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers” of “f***ing Yankees” and U.S. troops associated with torturing Iraqis to be killed “slowly and painfully.”
PSY, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, participated in another anti-American demonstration and concert in 2002 in which he slammed a mock-up of an American tank on stage and smashed it to pieces. PSY was protesting the Status of Forces Agreement that prevented American soldiers who accidentally ran over and killed two South Korean civilians from being tried in South Korea’s courts.
These incidents occurred before PSY gained worldwide fame with “Gangnam Style,” the dance song and video that is the most watched YouTube video in history and one of the most downloaded songs ever.
In 2004, after Islamic radicals captured and beheaded a South Korean missionary, PSY used this opportunity to condemn the terrorists and South Korea’s president. But he saved his harshest vitriol for America’s troops and military bases, according to a report in HAPS, an English-language Korean magazine.