PSY’s raps about killing Americans
Rapper PSY (the South Korean pop star that raps the Gangnam Style song) apparently has a severely violent anti-American history in his rap songs. I’m not taking a political stance and saying that I’m pro or anti PSY now, I just found it interesting; especially since PSY has been embraced by us in America, including visits to the White House and on award shows dancing with M.C. Hammer.
Here’s some of the stuff he’s rapped about, with commentary from the Guardian:
“Fiercely anti-American lyrics from Korean rapper Psy have been unearthed just two weeks before the star is scheduled to perform for President Obama.
“The ‘Gangnam Style’ singer calls for US soldiers to be killed in one song, prompting a short-lived petition to ax Psy from the bill at the Christmas in Washington celebration.
“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.’
“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.'”
And just to be clear, I don’t think it’s okay to rap about killing Americans. I don’t think it’s okay to rap about killing anyone. We, as Americans, should take a look at our policies and ensure that we’re doing the right thing, no matter what. We need to keep human casualties to a minimum (preferably zero) and determine if we’re fighting for a good cause. Sometimes our conflicts are in fact, unjustified if we don’t take a step back and realize what we’re doing and who’s controlling these policies we could be led down the wrong path to the benefit of defense contractors. The Iraq war is highly controversial, and given the lack of WMD, it seems that we should take a look at it and ensure that we’re in there to do the right thing. Exit soapbox.
I also think it’s funny that PSY is now apologizing for his past. Millions of dollars will change anyone’s opinions, apparently- bwahaha!