PSY the Anti-American Psycho: Rapped About Killing All US Soldiers and their Families
History books tell us, particularly the South Koreans, that the post-American United States had once sacrificed the lives of thousands of its soldiers only to help the South Koreans during the 1950-1953 Korean war. In fact, America should not have interfered. The Americans, which embraced Wilson’s and Truman’s interventionism (translation: “The world must be made safe for democracy”) should have let nature take its course.
That is, they had no business helping a nation that willingly embraced- or was about to be taken over by- communism. They should have let the communists kill the antis and take control of the entire Korean territory.
But America’s altruistic and ‘benevolent’ interventionism during the Korean war– as well as its willingness to spread and establish capitalism or free market principles in the South- didn’t have much appeal to most of South Korea’s young people. As a matter of fact, a Gallup poll conducted in 2003 showed 75 percent of Koreans in their 20s disliked Americans.
So, it’s not surprising that South Korea’s most popular pop star, PSY (real name: Park Jae-sang), best known for his explosive and viral song “Gangnam Style”, was once (or is ???) a passionate anti-American.
After captivating the world with his “Gangnam Style” and energetic, unusual dance moves, PSY is now being haunted by his high profile anti-American past. His brand of anti-Americanism was too violent and too stupid that he even advocated “slowly and painfully” killing all American soldiers, including “their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers”.
A YouTube clip, which was taken down due to copyright right claim, emerged from one of PSY’s concerts in 2004 wherein he smashed a miniature model of a tank on stage while the crowd raucously cheered, coupled with the lyrics:
싸이 rap : 이라크 포로를 고문해 댄 씨발양년놈들과
고문 하라고 시킨 개 씨발 양년놈들에
딸래미 애미 며느리 애비 코쟁이 모두 죽여
아주 천천히 죽여 고통스럽게 죽여
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.
The song was obviously PSY’s response to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Here’s a related report:
Though the following events have been widely discussed in Korea, recent murmurings on the English corner of the Internet have rekindled PSY’s roles in anti-US military protest rallies in the past.
The first following the 2002 acquittal of the American soldiers; and the second, PSY’s highly-provocative anti-American military performance during a 2004 protest concert in Seoul, where the entertainer’s vitriol was directed towards American military personnel, military brass and their families for the June 22 beheading of a Korean Christian missionary by Islamic extremists in Iraq.
“Following the acquittals of two U.S. soldiers from negligent homicides charges late last month, a growing number of local celebrities have offered their heart-felt sympathy with the victims in public, while expressing their strong resentment over what they see as an unfair ruling by the American military court.
These public figures have composed protest songs against America to pitch in their voice, join public rallies, or have gone as far as calling for revision of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), which governs the status of 37,000 American troops stationed here, through official statements.
Even though these pop stars have managed to put in their own two cents’ worth, pop vocalist PSY, who has upheld the cause since August through many concerts, is among the most outspoken of them all.”
PSY’s being “outspoken” was caught on tape and was, until recently, posted on YouTube. It has since been pulledby entertainment company CJ E&M for “copyright claims.” A search for videos on Naver.com, the Korean version of Google, features several links to the video, but the videos themselves have been removed as well.
During the performance featured on the video, PSY took the stage with several other musicians protesting the Status of Forces Agreement with Washington. With a gold-painted face and the crowd cheering him on, PSY lifted a miniature mock-up of an American tank and threw it to the ground, before smashing it into pieces with a mic stand, all while following along in anti-US military chants.
PSY was also involved in massive protests in South Korea against Muslim extremists, the South Korea government and the United States, which invaded Iraq in 2003. The pop star criticized not only the Islamic terrorists and then president Roh Mu-hyun, but also strongly condemned America and its military bases.
The following CNN iReport also surfaced calling PSY “the worst anti-Americanist and opportunist:
I did not know exactly on which assignment I had to write this piece of information. I am pretty sure that by now all of CNN reporter already would know this. I do not know if my report would matter to America in a big stance, but I believe that it is my duty as an American citizen to reveal the truth that most Americans would surely be disgusted about. I am a Korean American, and I moved from South Korea about five years ago (born in Oklahoma). Ever since Psy’s debut, I have known him through Korean media, so I know how opportunistic he is. There are two worst thing he has ever done in his life. One is lying in front of the public in order to obtain exemption from the duty that all Korean males have had the burden of. However, the worst thing that he has done to all Americans is this; Psy insulted American soldiers to an unbearable degree and talked about murdering all their families in his song. This was back in 2004ish and the following is the part of the song that Psy sang (the song was sang by multiple singers. [CNN iReport]
Now I wonder what would have happened if the Americans didn’t help the South Koreans? Well, I think they would all be singing praises to Kim Jong Il’s demented son (Kim Jung-eun) today.