Korean rapper Psy of Gangnam Style and YouTube fame has issued an apology for the anti-American sentiments he rapped about in a song from 2004 that called for the killing of Americans. Will his apology be enough or will news of these sentiments taint his reputation as a rapper in this country?
According to a report from TMZ, the anti-American song was called Dear Americans and the lyrics are disturbing.
"Kill those f*cking Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives," is just part of one line in the song.
"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," the song continues.
"The song I featured on in question from 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," Psy said in a prepared statement.
Should Americans take his apology as a sincere one or is he simply doing what his management demanded of him so he doesn't lose his popularity in the U.S.?
"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 Korean rapper continued.
Psy went on to explain that he has even performed for American soldiers recently and considered it an honor to have done so. Had the military been aware of his former (?) hatred of Americans, would they have even allowed him to be near American soldiers?
"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 that 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 thru music, our universal language we can all come together as a culture of humanity and I hope that you will accept my apology," his apology concludes.
How do you think Americans--most especially Americans in show business will react to all of this? Will they hesitate to book Psy on TV shows? Would Jay Leno have him back on The Tonight Show after learning of the lyrics he once performed?
It's very disturbing to learn of such hatred--especially in light of the way American troops have been targeted in other parts of the world. Had Psy resided in the U.S. when performing his derogatory song, might it have been considered a hate crime of sorts?
It will be very interesting to see if in the next days and weeks radio stations give Gangnam Style as much air time as it received prior to this disclosure. Will American's balk at supporting the Korean rapper? Or do you think Psy's apology will placate those in the music world as well as listeners, and allow him to continue entertaining Americans in this country and around the world?
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