Sorry, guys, if you’ve been way into that rapper or dancer or whatever, PSY, and his “Gangnam Style” song. Sorry if it’s become a staple in your life, like my BFF who thinks it’s cool to blast it on repeat while she’s cleaning her apartment, or like my boyfriend, who insists on doing the dance for me while I’m trying to work. I’m just sorry.
He did a concert back in 2004, we’re learning now, and here are some cool things he said:
“Kill those f-cking Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives/Kill those f-cking Yankees who ordered them to torture/Kill their daughters, mothers, daughter-in-law and fathers/Kill them all slowly and painfully.”
Yeah, so that’s not so neat. That puts a little damper on this whole fun craze, doesn’t it?
But he has apologized since all that came to light:
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 I was featured in—eight years ago—was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two Korean schoolgirls 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 by those words,” he added.
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 that 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 thru music, our universal language we can all come together as a culture of humanity and I hope that you will accept my apology.
Well, ok. It’s obviously understandable to be upset after what happened in 2004, but talking about killing daughters and mothers, and killing them all “slowly and painfully”? That just seems like a lot for any situation. But, you know, I also disagree with the death penalty, so I don’t really have that whole “eye for an eye” mentality. Because that shit makes the whole world blind.
Do you still plan on jamming to this song? Or, if you’re like me, do you still plan on mildly tolerating it when other people jam to it?