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PSY apologizes for Anti-American performances

PSY asked Americans to forgive him for his Anti-American performances. (Source:PSY/YOUTUBE) PSY asked Americans to forgive him for his Anti-American performances. (Source:PSY/YOUTUBE)
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(RNN) - South Korean singer PSY may have won millions over with his pop hit Gangnam Style, but now he needs the American people to accept his apology for several anti-American protest performances.

The song is called Dear America and some of the lyrics are: "Kill those F---king Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives."

More lyrics include, "Kill their daughter, mothers, daughter-in-law and fathers."

"Kill them slowly and painfully."

According to mediatie.com, during a 2002 protest concert against the presence of 37,000 American troops in Korea, PSY took the stage in gold face-paint and, with the crowd egging him on, lifted a miniature "American tank" and smashed it on the ground to massive applause. The performance was inspired by the recent death of two Korean school girls who were run over by an American tank in South Korea. The soldiers driving the tank were acquitted by a US military court.

And then in 2004, a Korean missionary was captured in Iraq by Islamists who demanded that South Korea not send troops to aid America in the war in Iraq. Seoul refused to negotiate and the missionary was beheaded. The result: massive protests throughout Korea against both Muslim extremism and the U.S. military for indirectly bringing the fate upon a Korean missionary.

According to TMZ, PSY released the following 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 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 anti-war sentiment shared by others around the world at that time. 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 through music, our universal language, we can all come together as a culture of humanity and I hope that you will accept my apology."

Now the question is, will Americans be forgiving and accept his apology?

In September, Psy signed with the man who manages both Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen, Scooter Braun, and has expressed his desire to break into the American music market.

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