Uncovered: PSY's Anti-American Past
'Gangnam Style' star once rapped about killing US soldiers
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2012 10:57 AM CST
In this Sept. 25, 2012 photo, South Korean rapper PSY, who sings the popular "Gangnam Style" song, performs during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

(Newser) – There's no doubt Korean rapper PSY is beloved across America, but the "Gangnam Style" star doesn't necessarily feel the same way about America—or at least, he didn't a few years ago. During a 2002 concert protesting the presence of US troops in Korea, PSY smashed a toy "American tank" on the ground as the crowd cheered, Mediaite reports. Two years later, during protests against the US war in Iraq after it indirectly led to the beheading of a Korean missionary in that country, PSY performed part of a vitriolic anti-America song by a Korean rock band. Some of the "Dear American" lyrics he rapped:

  • "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."
Not surprisingly, as news of PSY's past has emerged, not all Americans have taken it well. Twitchy rounds up some of the Twitter reactions, like this tweet: "Psy the anti-American protestor: Certainly not the same guy you saw on Ellen." But, Mediaite notes, musicians are often forgiven for talking about things like killing cops (Ice-T) or beating women (Eminem, Chris Brown) in their music. And it's important to put his protesting in context, as this magazine does.

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whocaresImeanreally
Dec 13, 2012 11:29 AM CST
He was protesting the deaths of Koreans in Iraq by the US military.
Kookey90
Dec 8, 2012 8:18 PM CST
So now it's time to dig up the trash on Psy. I don't know about you, but I'm kind of burnt out on this Gangnam Style stuff anyway. Time for something new.
Imhotep
Dec 8, 2012 7:58 AM CST
He goes to a prestigeous school in this country. Learns everything he needs to know in order to become a successful musician and very soon after raps about killing American children. He doesn'y rap about killing the terrorists that destroyed so many lives on 911 but about killing the people that are trying to stop it. There is no change of heart for this jerk because his heart was never in the right place in the first place. This terd should be run out of the country and forced back under the rock he crawled out from. And if he's an example of the attitude of South Korea then let the North have them. American soldiers died to give him the luxurious life he always lived. Ungrateful little prick. President Obama will be insulting all of those men and women that fought and died for this country by allowing this piece of dung to perform.