Does South Korean Rapper PSY Hate America?
PSY has been taking over America with his surprise smash hit “Gangnam Style” but there’s new information on the South Korean pop star that will soon change his popularity among U.S. fans.
It turns out PSY has been involved in several anti-American protest performances. According to Mediaite.com he smashed a model U.S. tank while onstage in 2002 to oppose 37,000 U.S. troops that descended on the Korean Peninsula.
A few years later, PSY cursed Americans after a South Korean missionary was executed. His song “Dear American” sets the record straight.
“Kill those ... Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives/Kill those ....Yankees who ordered them to torture/Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers/Kill them all slowly and painfully,” he raps.
PSY is slated to perform for President Obama for a Christmas In Washington special to air on TNT Friday, December 21. As a result, a petition to rescind his invitation has been created by outraged Americans for his anti-American song lyrics.
Looks like PSY’s 15-minutes of fame are just about over.
Does Psy Hate America? Before Gangnam Style, Psy Rapped About Killing Americans
"Gangnam Style" may have made him an international superstar, but it appears that Korean pop idol Psy's popularity in the United States is about to undergo a massive overhaul. On Friday, news surfaced that at a 2002 protest concert, years before he reached international fame, Psy rapped about killing Americans "slowly and painfully."
The concert was staged in opposition to 37,000 American troops who were stationed on the Korean peninsula at the time, as well as a response to the death of two Korean schoolgirls who were killed in a collision with a U.S. military vehicle. Psy, in protest, took to the stage at the concert. Wearing gold face paint and a red sparkling outfit, Psy lifted a model U.S. tank over his head and smashed it to pieces on the stage.
Two years later, in 2004, Korean missionary Kim Sun-Il was kidnapped and executed in Iraq by the Islamist group Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad. The killing was understood to be a revenge killing due to Korea's plan to send 3,000 troops to support the U.S. and the War in Iraq.
In response, protests spread across South Korea and Psy was involved once again. Psy, along with several other artists, performed a song live which included the lyrics:
Kill those ... Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those .... Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully.
What happens now to Psy in the public eye is anyone's guess. American audiences have forgiven American artists for incendiary comments and actions in the past: the career of Chris Brown proves that point. But, understandably Americans are decidedly less forgiving when criticism adopts a tone of international violence or national attack.
Psy may go from being the most adored entertainer of 2012, to being the most hated entertainer of 2012. Or, he may emerge relatively unscathed. The deciding factor will be what American audiences choose to do with this information, and whether or not they are interested in forgetting, or even forgiving.
Edited by hockeyville88, 07 December 2012 - 02:49 PM.