South Korean rapper Psy was pretty anti-American 10 years ago
South Korean rapper Psy may be famous the world over for his intentionally goofy Gangnam Style video (and his upcoming concert appearance at University Mall in Tampa), but here's where fame gets fickle: BusanHaps.com, the site of a Korean lifestyle magazine, points out that a decade ago, the rapper was pretty anti-American, singing at protests and singing songs about killing Yankees. And not just the Bronx kind.
The site says Park Jae-sang smashed a miniature American tank onstage during a concert held at a protest against American troops being stationed in South Korea. The event demonstrating against 37,000 U.S. troops occurred after an American tank killed two Korean school girls. The soldiers involved were acquitted in a military court.
Mediaite also says that in 2004 Psy took part in another protest concert after a Korean missionary was kidnapped in Iraq and killed my Muslim extremists demanding South Korea stop aid to the U.S. during the Iraq War. During a live performance against Islamists and the U.S., Psy sang a song called Dear American with a Korean rock band. We're taking the site at its word for this, because we don't speak or read Korean, but get a load of the lyrics:
"Kill those f---ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those f---ing Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully"
So as big a hit as Gangnam Style has become, the anti-Psy backlash is apparently growing. He's been pretty accepting of American fame thus far, and as Mediaite points out, people seem to like Ice-T, who used to rap about killing police officer, and Chris Brown and Eminem have had songs about beating women, and are actually woman-beaters. And let's not even get started about N.W.A. You know Ice Cube is in children's movies now, right?
As far as we know, Psy never destroyed a real U.S. tank, because we might have heard about that. But this is what happens when you get really famous -- every dumb thing you've ever done and potentially later regretted suddenly reappears on the Internet. This just took awhile, because it was all written in hangul.
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