White House Deletes Petition Amid Psy’s Anti-American Rap Controversy

The White House removed a petition from its site which urged the U.S. President not to invite PSY on the Christmas in Washington event.

The petition came Friday after reports surfaced claiming that the ‘Gangnman Style’ rapper took part in an anti-American performance in Seoul in 2004. Photo: South Korea/Flickr

After the news that the Korean pop-star had earlier participated in anti-American performance surfaced, Americans filed a petition asking the U.S. President Barack Obama to rescind his Christmas in Washington invitation to PSY.

The URL for the petition created on The White House’s official site included the phrase “troop killing song.”

Lyrics from Psy’s 2004 unconfirmed performance can be translated in the next way:

“Kill those fucking Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives, kill those fucking Yankees who ordered them to torture, kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers, kill them all slowly and painfully.”

The news reports made American mass media users upset and incited the petition, whose creator wants the Korean singer to not attend the Christmas in Washington event “because of the rapper’s vicious anti-American song lyrics.”

“As commander-in-chief, how can Pres. Obama honor someone who calls for killing our troops and their families?” the petition read before being removed.

“Anyone else know Psy, the Gangnam Style artist, publicly held anti-American views, also encouraging the killing of soldiers?” wondered a Twitter user.

“Have you seen those anti-American lyrics from PSY back in 2003? I believe he sang about killing Americans,” suggested another.

The ‘Gangnam Style’ performer released an official apology Friday afternoon:

“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 apology also reads: “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.”

PSY continued: “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,” the statement concluded.

“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.”

Meanwhile, it was also found out that during a 2002 protest concert against the presence of 37,000 American troops in Korea, the singer took the stage and lifted a miniature “American tank” which was greeted by Koreans.

As Media ITE explains, the meeting was inspired by the death of two Korean school girls who were run over by an American. The soldiers driving the tank were acquitted by a US military court.

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