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'Gangnam Style's PSY Apologizes After Anti-American Past Surfaces

South Korean 'Gangnam Style' star PSY is apologizing after it emerged that the singer lashed out with anti-American statements during protest concerts in 2002 and 2004.

The lyrics of one song he performed, alongside heavy metal band NEXT, urged the death of Americans after a South Korean missionary was killed in Iraq.

"Kill those f--king Yankees who ordered them to torture/Kill their daughters, mothers, daughter-in-law and fathers/Kill them all slowly and painfully, " he sang.

But PSY, who ironically performed at the Christmas in Washington concert, which President Barack Obama and his family attended this weekend, is now apologizing for the lyrics saying he regrets "inflammatory and inappropriate language."

"As a proud South Korean who was educated in the United States and lived there for a very significant part of my life," the 34-year-old says in a statement. "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."

"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."

December 10, 2012 |

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