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Before ‘Gangnam Style,’ Psy Wanted to ‘Kill Those F—ing Yankees’

Music

Before ‘Gangnam Style,’ Psy Wanted to ‘Kill Those F—ing Yankees’

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A few days ago, I wrote a really care mad essay about the pitfalls of music journalism, and how writers should avoid recycling something obviously incendiary just to make their monthly traffic quota. However, I don’t think this story is inflammatory as much as it is incredibly goofy, assuming you’ve got a sense of humor about foreigners hating on American culture. As it turns out, “Gangnam Style” singer Psy wasn’t always such a delightful Asian minstrel show. Back in 2004, he rapped on a song called “Dear American” in protest of the revenge killing of a South Korean missionary in Iraq because of the South Korean government’s support of the U.S. during those Bush years. As the rap apparently went:

“Killing 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”

It’s nice that he remembers to include daughters-in-law in his campaign of hatred. Not very cute and cuddly, is he? What, you think just because an Asian man wears sunglasses and appears on Ellen that he can’t get mad and fuck some shit up? It remains to be seen if this is Psy’s 47% moment but come on, it was 2004: If you were young and weren’t sort of mad at Bush and the Iraq War, I’m not sure what kind of parties you were going to. Probably the crummy ones.