South Korean rap sensation Psy — now best known for his “Gangnam Style” horse dancing moves — once smashed a model of a U.S. tank onstage and rapped, “Kill those f–king Yankees…slowly and painfully”
The first incident took place during a 2002 concert opposing the 37,000 U.S. troops stationed in Korea and after two Korean schoolgirls were killed in an accident with an American military vehicle, South Korean magazine Busan Haps reported. Psy took the stage with several other performers and, dressed in a glittering red outfit and gold face paint, lifted a large model of a U.S. tank above his head and threw it to the ground.
Two years later, Islamic extremists kidnapped and decapitated a South Korean missionary over South Korea’s plans to send troops to aid the U.S. in the Iraq war. The killing prompted massive protests in South Korea against Muslim extremism and the U.S. military for being indirectly responsible for the missionary’s death, according to Mediaite. Psy and several other artists gave a live performance of a Korean rock band’s song, “Dear American,” where Psy rapped:
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
Eight years later, and now with the most popular YouTube video of all time, Psy is slated to perform before President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama during the annual “Christmas in Washington” concert in Washington, D.C.
An official White House petition to rescind his invitation has since been removed for violating the site’s “terms of participation.” It’s not clear what precisely the petition stated, except for a title which contained the words “rescind invite to Gangnam Style rapper PSY to perform for Pres. Obama at Christmas party over troop killing song lyrics.”