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?

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.

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ahead with his scheduled appearance at “Christmas in Washington” despite a petition to have his invitation to perform rescinded.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.

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.