In 2004 Psy sang at a concert in Seoul the following: “Kill those f**king Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives Kill those f**king Yankees who ordered them to torture Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers Kill them all slowly and painfully”. This happened during the Iraq war right after a Korean missionary was decapitated by Islamic militants. In South Korea a strong anti-U.S. military sentiment was developing. Psy was just riding the “wave”.
The rapper said he will be “forever sorry” just two days before a holiday concert in which President Obama and his family will be present. Some say that Psy is not actually sorry and his opinion changed when the attention and cash started flowing. But the rapper’s apology is sincere. Back in 2004 there was a different context. Psy details: “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 Korean schoolgirls that was part of the overall antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world at that time.”
He concludes with a public apology: “I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused anyone by those words.”