PSY Apologizes for Anti-US Rap

Controversy comes before show in front of president

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 7, 2012 5:47 PM CST

(Newser) – South Korea's PSY has issued an apology for an anti-American rap he delivered at a 2004 concert, reports TMZ. The lyrics spoke of slowly killing US soldiers and their families, and PSY says it was "part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two Korean schoolgirls," in his statement. He adds that he will be "forever sorry for any pain I have caused" and hopes that members of the military "and all Americans can accept my apology." ABC has the statement in full here.

The controversy comes two days before the "Gangnam Style" rapper is to perform at a holiday concert for charity in front of President Obama and his family. The White House confirmed today that the annual "Christmas in Washington" show is still on the president's schedule, reports AP. It airs on TNT on Dec. 21.

Psy performs during the second night of KIIS FM's Jingle Ball at Nokia Theatre LA Live on Dec. 3, 2012, in Los Angeles.
Psy performs during the second night of KIIS FM's Jingle Ball at Nokia Theatre LA Live on Dec. 3, 2012, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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