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PSY will perform for TNT's "Christmas in Washington" as planned despite recent online criticisms + issues official apology

Submitted: Dec 08 2012 09:58 PM by ohgelie

PSY will perform for TNT's "Christmas in Washington" as planned, despite recent criticisms towards his Anti-American lyric a few years back. It was confirmed that despite the backlash, he will continue his scheduled performance on December 9th, which will be attended by President Barack Obama and other dignitaries.

Since PSY's "Anti-American" rap performances from 2004 resurfaced, he has been facing backlash from netizens. A petition for him to not attend the event was started online. On the White House's official petitions website, a petition for PSY's "troop killing song" back in 2004 was posted and claimed that the artist was Anti-American. A translated lyric of the rap performance was also posted which included "Kill those f*cking Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives, kill those f*cking Yankees who ordered them to torture, kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers, kill them all slowly and painfully."

PSY immediately issued his official apology after the incident was highly covered by various major media outlets. In the statement, he revealed that, "The song in question — from eight years ago — was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two innocent Korean civilians that was part of the overall antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world at that time." He was further quoted saying, "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 anyone by those words."

The White House's official petitions website has now deleted the petition as it violated one of their terms. PSY will perform for TNT's "Christmas in Washington" as planned.

TNT's "Christmas in Washington" concert will be held at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C on December 9th and will be aired via TNT on December 21st. The concert will hold special performances by Diana Ross, Megan Hilty, Demi Lovato, Chris Mann, Scotty McCreery, and PSY. TV Personality Conan O'Brien will host the event.

What do you think of the recent controversy? Check out PSY's apology below.

PSY's Official Statement

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 in question — from eight years ago — was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two innocent Korean civilians that was part of the overall antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world at that time," the statement read. "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 anyone 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," the statement concluded. "While it's important 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 though music, our universal language we can all come together as a culture of humanity and I hope that you will accept my apology.




Source: SBS and Mashable




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