Is Psy Anti-American?

Juliana Milano, Staff Writer

The song “Op op op op oppan Gangnam Style!” has become incredibly popular over the last few months. In fact, it’s currently the most watched video on YouTube. But does this rising star make his money off of anti-American lyrics and sentiment?

According to CNN in 2002, Psy protested against the accidental deaths of the Korean schoolgirls. American soldiers claimed to have accidently   run over 3 Korean schoolgirls while they were deployed. The Gangnam Style singer spread vibes of American hatred at a concert by taking a replica of a US military tank and smashing it repeatedly.

According to channel, Psy also wrote and sang a protest song called “Dear American” while he was in a South Korean band called N.E.X.T.  In the song, he rapped about killing American soldiers and their families. Some of the shocking lyrics include; “Kill those f——Yankees…Kill them all slowly and painfully”. It also mentions the torture of daughters, daughter-in-laws, mothers, and fathers.

According to the Washington post, the lyrics are fake and just a prank against Psy.  The Washington post also suggests that the anti-American claims against the instantaneously famous Psy might be wrong. They lyrics might have also gotten jumbled up in translation or purposely tampered with.

Psy apologized for the controversy and said “I understand the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world.” He also said that the song 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.