Just days after a 2004 performance featuring anti-American lyrics surfaced, Gangnam Style rapper Psy took to the stage at the White House to perform as part of the annual “Christmas in Washington” charity concert.
Psy was forced to issue an apology on Friday after reports of a 2004 performance in which he sang lyrics about Americans dying “slowly and painfully” began circulating. The rapper has since gone on to say that the lyrics were “inflammatory and inappropriate.”
“The song I was featured in – from eight years ago – was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two innocent Korean civilians that was part of the overall antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world at the time,” he explained. “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.”