Two days before he is scheduled to perform for the first family at the “Christmas in Washington” concert, South Korean rapper PSY issued a statement apologizing for spouting anti-American lyrics eight years ago.
“I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused anyone by those words,” said a statement from the rapper, who shot to fame when his quirky “Gangnam Style” dance-music release recently became the most watched video on YouTube.
PSY, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, in a 2004 performance rapped the lyrics “F—-ing Yankees,” and said American families should be killed “slowly and painfully,” MTV reports. He explained his actions were “part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq.”
“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,” PSY’s statement says. “The song in question — 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.”
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