South Korean rapper PSY and the massive YouTube hit “Gangnam Style” seemingly came out of nowhere, but no one can say they didn’t see this coming. After a huge backlash following news that he had performed at an anti-American protest in 2004, PSY has issued an apology this afternoon.

“I’m deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted,” reads the statement. Huh?

https://twitter.com/marlenasmusings/status/277181645860261888

PSY also said that he and other artists performing were caught up in the “overall antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world at that time.” Is America in a forgiving mood, or is the ugliness of the lyrics enough to shake the nation out of its mania for “Gangnam Style” at last? Some find the statement genuine, and for others, sadly, no apology is necessary.

https://twitter.com/DustinHurst/status/277171915347599360

It seems likely that PSY will go ahead with his scheduled appearance at “Christmas in Washington” despite a petition to have his invitation to perform rescinded. Plenty, though, are perfectly happy imagining a PSY-free future.

https://twitter.com/digitalPimple/status/277171859496259584

If you’ve soured on PSY and are looking for a replacement to fill the need for rap in your life, this tweeter has an audition verse.

No surprise here; the concert in D.C. will go on as planned.

  • c2

    “Psy to perform at Christmas in Washington concert ‘as planned'”

    Of course. There’s an American military for this president to offend.

  • c2

    “Psy to perform at Christmas in Washington concert ‘as planned'”

    Of course. There’s an American military for this president to offend.

  • Sterling Hallbrook

    He sucks, and his “music” sucks. So I guess that makes him a “progressive” favorite.

    • Lord Foggybottom

      No, the fact that he hates America and wants to murder the families of US soldiers makes him a progressive favorite.

      • Grumpa Grumpus

        @Lord Foggybottom:

        Excellect identification of key feature enamoring this placeholder to the Progressive “Heart”!

        I don’t say this enough, but you’re pretty good!

    • Lord Foggybottom

      No, the fact that he hates America and wants to murder the families of US soldiers makes him a progressive favorite.

  • Sterling Hallbrook

    He sucks, and his “music” sucks. So I guess that makes him a “progressive” favorite.

  • Frustrated Teacher

    Is he into his 14th minute yet? PLEASE??

    • cgraham77

      Him and his hokey song were on the way out anyways. Too bad, though, that his 15 minutes of fame are now 15 minutes of shame.

    • cgraham77

      Him and his hokey song were on the way out anyways. Too bad, though, that his 15 minutes of fame are now 15 minutes of shame.

  • Frustrated Teacher

    Is he into his 14th minute yet? PLEASE??

  • Streetiebird

    Of course Americans accept, most of them didn’t like the Iraq war either.

    • Lord Foggybottom

      You’re pretty stupid, aren’t you?

      • Streetiebird

        You’re the expert.

        • Lord Foggybottom

          That’s right! I’m an expert at spotting stupidity, and you’re about as stupid as they come.

          • $36544368

            I want to know how much some yahoo is paying you, Streetiebird, to come on this board and be condescending?

          • Hello Jerry (D)

            A hefty salary. No taxes taken out of course.

          • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

            Foggy, just remember this: Never argue with an idiot, they only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.

          • doreen beisel

            ZING!

        • Lord Foggybottom

          That’s right! I’m an expert at spotting stupidity, and you’re about as stupid as they come.

        • Hello Jerry (D)

          No mirrors in the basement/echo chamber?

      • Streetiebird

        You’re the expert.

    • Lord Foggybottom

      You’re pretty stupid, aren’t you?

    • Joe W.

      Liberals may accept…Americans do not……

      • Streetiebird

        Awww how precious :)

      • Streetiebird

        Awww how precious :)

    • Joe W.

      Liberals may accept…Americans do not……

    • David Shrock

      Psy can find a fire and jump head first into it. It is pretty easy to see the writing on the wall. People most always will tell you want you want to hear when greasing you.

    • David Shrock

      Psy can find a fire and jump head first into it. It is pretty easy to see the writing on the wall. People most always will tell you want you want to hear when greasing you.

  • Streetiebird

    Of course Americans accept, most of them didn’t like the Iraq war either.

  • weatherman66

    I hope your career dies a whimpering and speedy death

  • weatherman66

    I hope your career dies a whimpering and speedy death

  • Obamaroid_Ointment

    Freakin ingrate, too bad he’s not on the other side of the DMZ going Gangam Style in a gulag.

  • Obamaroid_Ointment

    Freakin ingrate, too bad he’s not on the other side of the DMZ going Gangam Style in a gulag.

  • John (it true me am)

    I find it hard to build up much disgust over this as it is so depressingly typical. Both of the ignorance towards the U.S. of many foreign born individuals who manage to complain while also enjoying the fruits of our country(in this case not just his education, but the fact South Korea freaking exists) as well as the overall idiocy of virtually everyone in the entertainment media around the globe. And hey, if our pop stars are flaming idiots, can we really expect much better from pop stars in other countries?

    I’ll admit I’ve gotten a few good laughs out of Gangnam Style(proudly before it became this textbook lesson in over exposure), but anyone who thinks it isn’t just a novelty flash in the pan from the start is delusional… So I don’t particularly understand why he got invited to perform almost anywhere, much less for the President, while poor Risk Astley sits at home working on his comeback.

  • John (it true me am)

    I find it hard to build up much disgust over this as it is so depressingly typical. Both of the ignorance towards the U.S. of many foreign born individuals who manage to complain while also enjoying the fruits of our country(in this case not just his education, but the fact South Korea freaking exists) as well as the overall idiocy of virtually everyone in the entertainment media around the globe. And hey, if our pop stars are flaming idiots, can we really expect much better from pop stars in other countries?

    I’ll admit I’ve gotten a few good laughs out of Gangnam Style(proudly before it became this textbook lesson in over exposure), but anyone who thinks it isn’t just a novelty flash in the pan from the start is delusional… So I don’t particularly understand why he got invited to perform almost anywhere, much less for the President, while poor Risk Astley sits at home working on his comeback.

  • Discontentwliars

    He fits right in with most of Hollywood and the music industry. Don’t worry, your kids aren’t affected by what they hear or see. I have it from the highest sources, and science is on my side.

  • Discontentwliars

    He fits right in with most of Hollywood and the music industry. Don’t worry, your kids aren’t affected by what they hear or see. I have it from the highest sources, and science is on my side.

  • Ranadicus

    I don’t need to forgive him for his anti-american hate because I don’t think he ever really believed it to begin with. Like so many wanna-be celebrities he took advantage of other’s suffering through a terrible situation to bring attention to himself. And for that he doesn’t deserve to be forgiven.

  • Ranadicus

    I don’t need to forgive him for his anti-american hate because I don’t think he ever really believed it to begin with. Like so many wanna-be celebrities he took advantage of other’s suffering through a terrible situation to bring attention to himself. And for that he doesn’t deserve to be forgiven.

  • http://oggi-icandothat.blogspot.com/ Oggi

    That’s not an apology to me. I never liked PSY-cho’s Kangnam Style. And that atrocious Hammer pants, ewww. If I could, I’d pelt him with a large bowl of ddeok bok ee.

    • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

      He wears Hammer pants?

      /facepalm

  • http://oggi-icandothat.blogspot.com/ Oggi

    That’s not an apology to me. I never liked PSY-cho’s Kangnam Style. And that atrocious Hammer pants, ewww. If I could, I’d pelt him with a large bowl of ddeok bok ee.

  • ceemack

    It doesn’t sound all that sincere to me. I might buy it if he did a bunch of apologetic USO shows for the troops in Korea.

    And made sure he took Hyun-a along. I’m sure the troops would rather see her.

  • ceemack

    It doesn’t sound all that sincere to me. I might buy it if he did a bunch of apologetic USO shows for the troops in Korea.

    And made sure he took Hyun-a along. I’m sure the troops would rather see her.

  • https://twitter.com/thehiredmind Hired Mind

    I’m thinking South Korea should catapult this guy over the DMZ into North Korea.

    “American soldiers are the only thing between us and the North’s military machine, and you shoot your mouth off about killing their families? GTFO!”

  • https://twitter.com/thehiredmind Hired Mind

    I’m thinking South Korea should catapult this guy over the DMZ into North Korea.

    “American soldiers are the only thing between us and the North’s military machine, and you shoot your mouth off about killing their families? GTFO!”

  • Guest

    Obama just misread PSY’s ‘L’ pronunciation as treating America ‘Gangland Style’.

  • Guest

    Obama just misread PSY’s ‘L’ pronunciation as treating America ‘Gangland Style’.

  • http://insolublog.blogspot.com/ insolublog

    Obama just misread PSY’s pronunciation as treating America ‘Gangland Style’.

  • http://insolublog.blogspot.com/ insolublog

    Obama just misread PSY’s pronunciation as treating America ‘Gangland Style’.

  • Dan Thorpe

    I accept the apology. People can change a lot in 8 years, and he might have been reacting from his heart like most people do when something bad happens.

    • David Shrock

      Might does not cut the mustard when the threat of women or children are involved. This includes US military that I have served in. If it was said against your family you would more than likely take the safe route and go the other way.

      • Dan Thorpe

        I have had family in the military. Your telling me that you have never said something that you later regret? I may believe his apology but I am willing to accept that it was said in the heat of the moment

        • Kimmy84

          If you say something in the heat of the moment, it doen’t take TEN YEARS to realize what you said was wrong. You also don’t couch your apology in the usual “I’m sorry my words were misinterpreted”. And you certainly don’t wait until someone ELSE discovers what you said and points them out to you, essentially forcing your “apology”.

          • David Shrock

            That’s it in a nutshell, well stated Kimmy84.

    • David Shrock

      Might does not cut the mustard when the threat of women or children are involved. This includes US military that I have served in. If it was said against your family you would more than likely take the safe route and go the other way.

    • $36544368

      Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you let someone off the hook for their behavior. It means that you give up the idea of getting revenge for whatever pain or difficulty their behavior caused you or someone/something you care about. I will always forgive someone for something they’ve done if they are truly sorry for their behavior…however, it doesn’t mean that I trust them again right away (if at all), or that I let them back into my life or support what they might be doing, especially if their behavior has been repetitively ‘bad’ (i.e., domestic violence, stealing, etc.)…but forgiveness takes all the burden off of me to stay angry about whatever they did. If PSY is truly sorry, then that’s great. If he’s not and only trying to stay in the limelight, that will come out soon enough. Doesn’t it seem though, that he should be old enough to know that his anti-American sentiments, years old though they may be, would come to light at some point? He should expect some repercussions for his words.

    • Hiraghm

      He apologized for how it might be interpreted… that means he’s apologizing, not for what he said/sang, but for the people who understood what he was saying…

  • Dan Thorpe

    I accept the apology. People can change a lot in 8 years, and he might have been reacting from his heart like most people do when something bad happens.

  • GaryTheBrave

    Gangnam Style is this decade’s Macarena.

    • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

      I don’t like the Macarena.

    • Smokey Behr

      At least more of us could understand the words to Macarena.

  • Matthew Sullivan

    I REALLY, really hate that song.

  • c2

    If I never heard this fat blank’s voice again, it would be too soon for me.

    As much as I dislike this president, he would impress me if he made a statement that he would not be part of this, for all the reasons he should never have been part of it.

    But…as my exceedingly wise father used to say, “Wish in one hand…”

  • ratizbad

    What people will do for a dollar .. Amazing.But with the Anti american( no capital on this one) in charge..Hope he has fun at his concert..

  • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

    I’m willing to accept any apology that is SINCERE.

    Is this a sincere one?

  • Jack Levitt

    I wonder why he is now going about alienating the 60 million Americans that like the sort of noise this loser passes off as music?

  • http://www.drudgereport.com/ Strangelove

    Meh, I think he’s sincere. As far as I know, anti-America douche nozzles don’t apologize. I just discovered this song about a week ago. I can’t deny that I kinda dig it.

  • Back 4 More

    Well, maybe he can go on tour with The Dixie Chicks. The ACLU and the Anti-Defimation League will go broke trying to buy enough tickets to pass out to other socialist orginizations so the venues won’t be empty.

  • NRPax

    I’m willing to believe he was sincere. I notice that at no point did he try the “sorry you were offended” approach that more liberal types prefer in apologies. He explained why he said what he did, took responsibility for it and said he was sorry. Sure, it could be a PR stunt but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

  • bluewaternavy

    Psy is a dirtbag, that simple. No wonder the president likes him

  • lillymckim

    I’m so sick of seeing this Kim Jong Mentally Ill twin I can’t stand it.
    I cant believe that many people have watched a “whole video” of this first class American hating moron.
    But yes, he fits the Democrat narrative.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZR4D5E2WTOI4MSKK7AJS6EG3OA Everybodys All American

    How many think the South Koreans or their president would accept an apology from an American rapper if the exact opposite had happened? You’re right … not very likely.

  • Hello Jerry (D)

    Is his name short for PusSY?

  • moonsbreath

    It’s really not an apology when you can’t come out and do it yourself, but instead you release a statement.

  • Teresa Davis McCormick

    I am not surprised that someone from another country thought it would be okay to sing about killing soldiers and their families. I mean, what do they know about us other than what they see from the stupid anti-american media and the leftist Hollywood actors. I hope this gives Psy and the rest of the Hallyu a hint. We are the real Americans, who love our country despite what you’ve heard on CNN.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/44F4AB4VSCTOCHBMBG4ZWWD5OU Laurel

    I’m still trying to figure out why people like him to begin with. Now apparently he is stupid to boot. Not seeing any redeeming qualities here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephanie-Warren/100001648091118 Stephanie Warren

    *sigh* and I liked “gangnan style* too.