Footage of Controversial PSY Performance Emerges (Video)
South Korean sensation PSY issued an apology Friday after facing backlash for reports that the rapper expressed anti-American sentiment during protest concerts in 2002 and 2004.
Now footage from one of those concerts has emerged online. Mediaite reports the video (available below) is from a 2002 performance in reaction to two South Korean schoolgirls being killed in an accident involving a U.S. military vehicle.
The footage shows a gold-faced PSY lifting what looks like a replica of a U.S. tank over his head and later smashing it to pieces.
PSY also came under fire for a 2004 performance in response to a South Korean missionary’s execution in Iraq, which was called a revenge killing for the country’s support of the U.S. in the war in Iraq.
PSY reportedly rapped the lyrics: "Dear American": "Kill those f---ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives/Kill those f---ing Yankees who ordered them to torture/Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers/Kill them all slowly and painfully."
PSY swiftly issued an apology after the reports of his apparent anti-American streak emerged.
“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. “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."
Despite the controversy, the White House has confirmed PSY is still slated to perform at a special Christmas concert Sunday at the president’s home. It will be broadcast Dec. 21.
Watch the video below but note that the audio and visual components do not line up.