Americans love viral videos. Americans love viral videos of South Korean rappers in tuxedos even more. What Americans do not love, however, is anyone who speaks negatively about our troops, which the world’s favorite dapper Asian rapper, Psy, is now learning the hard way.
It turns out that back in 2004, Psy wasn’t too thrilled about the Iraq War. While most logical, rational, peace-loving Americans weren’t too thrilled about it either (myself included), you have to remember at that time yellow ribbon magnets were on every car and people were still in shock and awe over President Bush’s “Shock and Awe” campaign. Basically, the war in Iraq hadn’t evolved into the “why the fuck are we still there” war that it is today.
Psy’s lyrics from that time seem to go beyond protesting the war:
Kill those f–king Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those f–king Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully
You know what? I can get behind a good anti-war, peace-loving song. John Lennon, Bob Dylan, and hell, even Pink have all done a pretty good job with that. What I can’t understand or support is a song that tells me to die slowly and painfully. I do remember the vitriol during the early 2000s, and there was a completely different mentality then compared to now. His lyrics seem to time up with when the world found out there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq after all, which left a lot of us feeling mislead and angry. But fighting war with a call for more war? You lost me there, Psy.
Now that these anti-American statements have gone viral, people are up in arms over Psy’s upcoming visit to the White House for the “Christmas in Washington” special. I haven’t looked, but I would bet the $164 in my checking account that there are hundreds of pissy Facebook groups flipping out about it.
To save his ass and his own bank account, Psy has issued an apology:
“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.”
The White House won’t revoke their invitation. I imagine it’s because President Obama has been practicing his own “Gangnam Get-Down” for weeks now, and has the perfect glittery tuxedo to prove it.