The Gangnam Fella Issues Heartfelt Apology For His Rubbish Music

It's thought he dropped the "Kill those f--king Yankees" bit from his act during this performance

That man who sings the novelty pop song “Gangnam Style” has issued a full and frank apology according to The Daily Dot:

“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 featured on in question from 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.”

Perhaps I should have made this more clear. He’s not yet apologised for his song, “Gangnam style”. Instead he’s crapping his pants over a song he sang years ago demanding people murder the “f–king Yankees”. Apparently not all publicity is good publicity and his CV was starting to look a bit dodgy now it has been revealed he once sung these lyrics:

Kill those f–king Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those f–king Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully

(Again from The Daily Dot)

The track itself is here.

I don’t speak Korean but the tune itself sounds pretty siiick[1] to me. His apology continues:

“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.”

Full apology in The Daily Dot.

The big pussy didn’t actually write the tune but according to ABC 7 news in 2007 he made a point of smashing a model of a U.S. tank on stage. ABC News reports:

The 34-year-old rapper says the protests were part of a “deeply emotional” reaction to the war and the death of two Korean school girls, who were killed when a U.S. military vehicle hit them as they walked alongside the road. He noted anti-war sentiment was high around the world at the time.

Fortunately his anti-American sentiment appears to have calmed since people started paying him lots of money to sing harmless novelty pop songs instead. Gangnam style indeed!

Nick Margerrison

[1] This is intended as a compliment. I actually like the dense sound of this tune even if the translated and decontextualised lyrics appear a bit moronic.

Nick Margerrison

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25 Comments on "The Gangnam Fella Issues Heartfelt Apology For His Rubbish Music"

  1. Dude, don’t quit your day job. How can you write an article about a man, and never once mention his name? It’s Psy, by the way. Also, you managed to consistently misspell every mention of his current hit, “Gangam Style.” Not “Gangnam.” And I’m pretty sure he’s not crapping his pants over a pissed-off reaction to a horrific act by US soldiers.
    Is DisInfo letting anyone write for it these days?

    • outlaw kit | Dec 10, 2012 at 5:32 pm |

      It is Gangnam.

    • Matt Staggs | Dec 11, 2012 at 11:49 am |

      Artor, it was a stylistic choice of Nick’s to not mention Psy’s name. He’s a competent writer and a consistent contributor to our site, and just because his opinion differs from yours it doesn’t mean it can’t have a place here. If you want to bring your own excellence to the site instead of just snipe at our contributors then I’d be happy to set you up with an account.

  2. Why would he take it back? Sounds like he knew exactly what he was saying and meant it. He should stick to his guns and everyone’s opinion about his stupid lyrics be dammed.

  3. “the big pussy”? you suck at writing

  4. “the big pussy”
    yeah, there’s no reason to be upset with how thousands of millions of innocent middle-easterns lives have been ruined by the awful mistake of being born in the wrong place. I can see why he’s revoked his lyrics, there are probably enough people who would dang near beat him to a plump if they ran into him, but that doesn’t change the fact that the wars are bullshit-for middle-easterrns and westerns alike. I feel bad for our soliders, but it’s obvious that protest against the war is often put aside by pundits as hatred for our troops. Sometimes there are reasons to be angry at the troops, like when they get back and some of them you might overhear bad mouthing Iraqis as ‘sub’human”. Why, how do you think they feel that you’re walking around with machine guns in their country? I’m sure much of it though is the discouraging feeling of being used as a pawn for war-profitters-and trying to blow off steam.

    • The whole thing sucks. Support humanity, that includes our troops. It’s like Vietnam all over again.

      • Support humanity, that includes our troops… What does that mean? Humanity means human, which encompasses many traits. Troops means many uni-forms following orders from on-high without question. Once you put on that UNI-form, you cease being part of humanity.

  5. WHOA. Fuck him playing the ‘how they could be interpreted’ game. How else would they be interpreted? Looks pretty clear to me, there is no nuance or metaphor there. Kill their families? Seriously? This really crosses bounds of Anti war and into the realm of really offensive bad taste, he should have known better.

    • I agree, there’s not much need for interpretation here, but considering the offensive lyrics were written in response to US troops killing someone’s family through careless negligence, I think it sounds entirely appropriate. When the US in general, and our overseas troops in particular, stop acting like barbaric savages, we’ll see less of this anti-American sentiment.

  6. BuzzCoastin | Dec 10, 2012 at 7:49 pm |

    finally, something positive about Gangnam
    he hates the Amerinam military & he lies just like them too

  7. BrianApocalypse | Dec 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm |

    The yankee dollar wins again!

  8. Here’s some news just in case some Americans out there don’t realize..a great majority of the world don’t like you. They don’t like you in their countries and you need to get you and your bases out of their lands. They had to close the whole base in Okinawa because a 9 year old girl got raped by 3 soldiers. I know that the American media hides this and I don’t blame you for being ignorant but it’s your job to do some research before you come to conclusions and pick sides. I certainly don’t wish for the same to happen on American soil by a group of soldiers from say Germany or the UK, but I’m sure if it did, there would be an outcry and much hate to go around also. Once again, you need to get out of other people’s countries and go mind your own business. You can’t afford it and your business and economy isn’t looking too good right about now.

    • Are you hoping the President of the United States will read your comment?

    • Matt Staggs | Dec 11, 2012 at 11:39 am |

      It’s brave of you to come and live here with us in the Great Satan.

    • Calypso_1 | Dec 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm |

      The American media did not hide the Okinawa rape.

      Nor have they failed to cover Japanese denials of the Rape of Nanjing.

      By the way…There is a military base on US soil where the majority of those stationed
      there are foreign officers who gladly come to the US to learn because they want to go
      back to their countries and fight the war on terror (‘manage’ the peons) with greater aplomb. If the peons were not being oppressed dealt a decisive routing with the latest in command and control tactics they would simply be getting their brains dashed in with rocks.

  9. Psy is a sellout so it seems… I wouldn’t have figured that one out after listening to his (hopefully) one time hit song… Actually, he admitted, he sang anti-american lyrics, because it was “in” at that time. I don’t know what’s worse – inciting violence to gain popularity, or apologizing for it, when it’s not popular anymore and singing for the very people you said you wanted killed… But he’s a laughing stock anyway…

  10. BrianApocalypse | Dec 11, 2012 at 11:42 am |

    I’d like to see him do a new song called “War Crimes Style”, in which he popularizes a new dance that mimics the action of soldiers shooting and blowing up innocent civilians.

  11. Maybe his anti-American sentiment calmed because he’s gotten older and has daughters now, maybe it came after he had to serve a second stint in the Korean military. Maybe part of this whole issue is that Koreans seem to over react to a shit ton of things. I’ve been following kpop for this past year and I’m amazed at the stupid scandals that occur and how often the response is “x should kill himself”. Someone makes an allegation that Tablo’s Stanford degree is fabricated and the Korean response is to make a huge anti-fan cafe bent on destroying his life while calling for him to kill himself; Block B gets mistranslated saying something that sounds rude toward the Thai people after the flooding and Zico has to shave his head while the fans demand that he kills himself; IU “accidentally” tweets a photo of herself next to a well known male idol that appears nude and suddenly the nations sweetheart is a slut and she should kill herself. They don’t really do moderate reaction very well.

    That said, I like Psy…I wish he wouldn’t have caved to the media pressure and apologized for something he had by all rights reason to express.

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