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“Gangnam Style” rapper: Sorry about how those lyrics about killing U.S. soldiers and their families
Hotair ^ | 12/07/2012 | AllahPundit

Posted on 12/08/2012 9:46:31 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Edited on 12/08/2012 10:08:28 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

C'mon. If you're going to own it, own it. The background:

[I]n 2004, a Korean missionary was captured in Iraq by Islamists who demanded that South Korea not send troops to aid America in the war in Iraq. Seoul refused to negotiate and the missionary was beheaded. The result: massive protests throughout Korea against both Muslim extremism and the U.S. military for indirectly bringing this fate upon a Korean missionary.

As part of the protests, PSY and several other popular Korean musicians put on a live performance of a Korean rock band’s song “Dear American.” When PSY’s turn came, he rapped:

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

According to MTV, the word he used at the time was “bitches,” not “Yankees,” but the intent was clear enough. Today, having earned untold riches in part by penetrating the lucrative bitch/Yankee media market, he’s sorry. Kind of:

“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 song 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 anyone by those words.”

“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 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 though music, our universal language we can all come together as a culture of humanity and I hope that you will accept my apology.”

He did indeed perform for the troops on Leno’s Thanksgiving show; skip to 3:25 of the first clip below and watch him do the horse dance with full military backing. That looks twice as surreal today as it did then and it looked darned surreal at the time, but his PR team will use it to full effect to buy him some forgiveness with the public. He’ll get leeway too from the fact that he is, after all, the goofy horse-dance guy. A musician known for more introspective work would be held to full account for his political opinions but this is a bit like finding out that LMFAO thinks 9/11 is an inside job. (They don’t. I’m speaking hypothetically.) Between that and the fact that he apologized, sort of, for how the song “could be interpreted,” Obama’s spokesman felt safe enough to say this afternoon that O still plans on attending the upcoming TNT benefit concert at which Psy is scheduled to perform. Fearless prediction: That’ll change if people are still talking about this on Monday, not so much in terms of POTUS’s attendance as Psy’s.

Two clips for you here, one the Leno bit and the other (from 2002) a little taste of what South Korean pop culture can look like when it’s going through one of its periodic bouts of anti-Americanism. Content warning.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antiamericanism; apology; gangnamstyle; korea; psy; rapper

1 posted on 12/08/2012 9:46:36 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

What a tool. He’s only semi-famous because what he did was so utterly stupid.

From the quotes that I read he could easily be John Kerry’s press secretary.


2 posted on 12/08/2012 9:50:27 AM PST by Noamie
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To: SeekAndFind

How could someone NOT laugh at that homo singing those lyrics


3 posted on 12/08/2012 9:51:48 AM PST by Mr. K (some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help...)
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To: SeekAndFind; Lazmataz
but those girls are way hot~!!!!!!!!!!

I know Laz will appreciate them

4 posted on 12/08/2012 9:53:04 AM PST by Mr. K (some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help...)
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To: SeekAndFind
"I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused anyone by those words."

He clearly overestimates his influence.

5 posted on 12/08/2012 10:02:13 AM PST by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: SeekAndFind

the eternal question... why are asian girls so hot?


6 posted on 12/08/2012 10:03:31 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

RE: the eternal question... why are asian girls so hot?

Errr... because most of them live in HOT(ter) places??


7 posted on 12/08/2012 10:04:44 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, I’m glad he apologized. I found his video to be very humorous. He doesn’t take himself seriously. It is a fad, though, that will be forgotten in a year or two.


8 posted on 12/08/2012 10:06:04 AM PST by Thorliveshere
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To: TexasFreeper2009

The one on his right, our left, is looking right at me.


9 posted on 12/08/2012 10:08:07 AM PST by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Romney did in 2012)
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To: SeekAndFind
Sorry. The deadline for apologies has long past. He's just protecting his rice bowl now.

Same thing for Moslems living in America. Their deadline for denouncing terrorism and Islamofascism was 9/10/2001. The only acceptable substitutes now are faithful service in the military fighting the Islamofascists, or providing correct, timely, useful intelligence about the Islamofascists.

10 posted on 12/08/2012 10:10:13 AM PST by omega4412
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To: Thorliveshere

RE: Well, I’m glad he apologized.

I wonder if any of our gangsta rappers here in the USA have ever apologized for their lyrics...


11 posted on 12/08/2012 10:10:19 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I wouldn’t get too worked up over this - PSY was just saying what most of the world was thinking back in 2004. Now the world loves us again, since Obama is half-black - even though he kills the same people George W. Bush did and is trashing the entire global economy for short-term political gain. :)


12 posted on 12/08/2012 10:10:19 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
the eternal question... why are asian girls so hot?

Because they don't feel they have to go through life "fat, drunk, and stupid" to achieve some faux equality as defined by ugly lesbian college professors? :)

13 posted on 12/08/2012 10:12:28 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Noamie

Misinterpretation?

How stupid does he think Americans are?

Isn’t this POS a South Korean?

He isn’t old enough to have lived thru the KOREAN WAR. It is also obvious that he doesn’t realize that thousands of Americans are still patrolling the DMZ to protect his home in South Korea.

He needs to be deported back to S Korea and never be allowed to have another entry into America, IMO.


14 posted on 12/08/2012 10:18:24 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: TexasFreeper2009; SeekAndFind; Mr. Jeeves
"Why are asian girls so hot?"

I attend a university with a very big percentage of asians. The asian girls, many of them, have a much classier, classical fashion sense than the other females; they don't try to look "sexy." White girls tend to go for the uggs-spandex pants-northface jacket look, ie preppy, while black girls just in general dress...Slutty.

This is not universal by any stretch, but there is a general trend to be sure. Asian girls are smarter too.

15 posted on 12/08/2012 10:19:46 AM PST by Wyrd bið ful aræd (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

Modesty in clothing used to be something people valued ( both in the east and the west ).

Now the word “modesty” is an odd word. Try using it in front of the average teenager and see his/her reaction...


16 posted on 12/08/2012 10:24:31 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: TexasFreeper2009

I spent 17 years with a asian women, she was drop dead awesum. Looks, personality, kind, fun, smart.


17 posted on 12/08/2012 10:27:20 AM PST by ezoeni
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To: ridesthemiles

RE: He needs to be deported back to S Korea and never be allowed to have another entry into America, IMO.

Highly unlikely, our esteemed President is going to attend his latest performance.


18 posted on 12/08/2012 10:28:05 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: ezoeni

RE: I spent 17 years with a asian women, she was drop dead awesum. Looks, personality, kind, fun, smart.

So if it was great, why the past tense and not the present tense?


19 posted on 12/08/2012 10:29:16 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I am becoming increasingly less informed on pop culture.

I do not know what gangnam style is, and I’m not even curious to find out.


20 posted on 12/08/2012 10:35:51 AM PST by lurk
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To: lurk

Here’s a quick summary:

GANGNAM STYLE is a Korean-pop single by South Korean musician PSY (He actually went to college here in the USA). The song was released on July 15, 2012, as the lead single of his sixth studio album PSY 6 (Six Rules), Part 1.

The video features a very hilarious group dance style ( that most people can learn to dance to (that is, if you don’t have 2 left feet ) together with a catchy pop tune.

As of December 6, 2012, the music video has been viewed over 900 million times on YouTube, and is the Youtube’s most watched video of all time.


21 posted on 12/08/2012 10:42:57 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll wager that PSY is more pro-American than every single member of the Obama administration.


22 posted on 12/08/2012 11:15:06 AM PST by UnwashedPeasant
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To: Mr. Jeeves
I wouldn’t get too worked up over this - PSY was just saying what most of the world was thinking back in 2004.

I agree… I’m not going to get bent out of shape at all over what he said given the apology. If people can’t accept the apology, that’s their problem not his……good grief, if an apology can’t be accepted, there is no redemption ever for anyone.

23 posted on 12/08/2012 11:28:15 AM PST by hecticskeptic
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To: uncommonsense
Could PSY and John Belushi have been related?



24 posted on 12/08/2012 11:52:48 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: lurk

25 posted on 12/08/2012 11:53:52 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: uncommonsense; SeekAndFind

Oh...but good news!

“There’s still hope of seeing President Obama dance “Gangnam Style,” after all.”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/psy-perform-at-white-house-399627


26 posted on 12/08/2012 12:29:05 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Noamie

apology not accepted...


27 posted on 12/08/2012 12:45:21 PM PST by goat granny
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To: SeekAndFind

Why isn’t he on the “NO-FLY” list?


28 posted on 12/08/2012 4:02:37 PM PST by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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