South Korean rapper Psy’s controversial 2002 performance of “Dear America.” has surfaced online and is rapidly going viral. In the song, he incites his audience to kill American soldiers and their families and smashes models of U.S. tanks.
The lyrics of his song, which include the line “Kill Those F—ing Yankees” and audio copies hit the Internet yesterday, sparking outrage across the country.
Psy may not like Yankees, but he loves the Yankee dollar. He reportedly has made more than $8 million from his “Gangnam Style” song and video, since it hit the United States. It’s currently the most watched video in YouTube history with over 900 million views.
His 2002 performance, however, wasn’t quite as well known, until now. He said he was inspired to write the song after two US soldiers in 2002 killed two South Korean schoolgirls with their armored vehicle during a training exercise. The soldiers were later charged, although the incident sparked widespread protests.
He performed it at least one more time in 2004 to protest the Iraq war. About 37,000 U.S. troops remain in Korea where they’ve been stationed since the Korean War in the 1950s to thwart an invasion by hostile North Korea.
Psy said he was “forever sorry” for the show in which he said US troops should die “slowly and painfully.” And he’s still slated to perform for the President.
“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,” he said in a statement Friday
The video shows Psy with gold face paint lifting a model of a military vehicle and smashing it. Check it out below and click here to follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest entertainment updates.