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Korean internet sensation Psy apologized last week for anti-American statements he has made in the past, particularly in the song “Dear American” that he performed at an anti-American protest in 2004.
Psy sang “Kill those f***ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives” in the song, and now a video has surfaced from 2002.
E! Online reports that it’s not clear whether this video has anything to do with his 2004 declarations, but it has surfaced nonetheless.
The song and performance, during which Psy is painted in gold, is in response to two South Korean schoolgirls dying in an accident involving U.S. military.
During the performance he takes a replica U.S. tank and smashes it onto the stage while the crowd cheers. He then repeats smashing it to the ground, completely dismantling it.
Psy apologized on Friday after his past was uncovered, saying “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.”
He added, “And I hope they and all Americans can accept my apology,” he noted. “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 thru music, our universal language we can all come together as a culture of humanity and I hope that you will accept my apology.”
Despite the controversy, he performed for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama this past weekend in a Christmas special that will air Dec. 21.