President Barack Obama will attend a charity concert where PSY is scheduled to perform after reports that the South Korean rapper participated in anti-American protests several years ago.
A spokesman says Friday that the Obama family will attend the Dec. 21 Christmas in Washington concert, as is custom.
News reports cite two instances of the 34-year-old "Gangnam Style" rapper participating in concerts protesting the U.S. military presence in South Korea during the early stages of the war in Iraq. In a 2004 concert, PSY performs another act's song about killing "Yankees" who have been torturing Iraqi captives and their families "slowly and painfully."
PSY's inescapable hit went viral in the U.S. and holds the YouTube record for most watched video. A message left with his spokeswoman was not immediately returned.On top of the protest over this jerk, a petition at the White House website asking Obama to rescind the invite to this (c)rapper was deleted by The Regime (Kristinn at FreeRepublic).
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What are the lyrics in question from this (c)rapper?
In 2004, Psy rapped on a South Korean metal band’s song, “Dear American,” at a protest concert, The Washington Post reported.
“Kill those f---ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives,” he said.
“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.”
Psy and several performers were protesting the execution of a Korean missionary who had been captured by Islamists demanding that South Korea not aid the U.S. in the war.
Two years earlier, after a pair of Korean schoolgirls were mowed down by a U.S.-operated armored vehicle, Psy again expressed vitriol toward America. Onstage, he smashed a plastic model of a U.S. tank into pieces as the crowd cheered, The Korea Herald reported.
Psy apologized in a statement to the Daily News, adding that the song in question is from nearly a decade ago, and was "part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two Korean schoolgirls."I could care less if the guy apologizes now, he shouldn't have been invited to sing at this concert. But it is telling that Richard Milhous Obama, who dares to lecture the rest of us about "civility," not only will attend the concert but also silences those who are offended at the disrespect shown to our military and their family members by this (c)rapper.