Psy has apologised for taking part in anti-American musical performances in the past, according to reports.
The Korean pop star has become a sensation following the widespread success of his single ‘Gangman Style’, which recently overtook Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’ to become the most watched video on YouTube after racking up 815 million views.
But, according to Rolling Stone, he has been forced to issue an apology after details emerged of him taking part in two anti-USA shows in response to an incident which occurred in June 2002, when two Korean girls were run over by a US military vehicle leading to months of protests against the American government.
Firstly, Psy reportedly smashed a model of a US tank into the stage as a protest, and thentwo years later joined a group of other artists onstage to perform the song ‘Dear America’, written by South Korean metal band N.E.X.T. The lyrics of the song allegedly include the lines: “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 slowly and painfully.”
In a statement, Psy said: “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 – 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. 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.”
He went on to add: “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.”
Rolling Stone also reports that an online petition was started demanding that Psy was removed from the line-up for the TV show Christmas In Washington featuring President Obama and his family, but a rep for broadcasting TNT said he would be performing at the event “as planned”.
Previously, Psy claimed that he was struggling with the responsibility of being his country’s most famous musical export and said he was being watched “like an Olympic gold medalist”.