Meet Park Jae-sang, a guy known to most–strangely–simply as PSY. A South Korean singer, songwriter, record producer, rapper and dancer, PSY has become most well known in recent weeks for his YouTube hit “Gangam Style” that, to date, has received nearly a billion hits worldwide making it the most-watched video in the history of YouTube.
As luck would have it for the rapper, he’s getting richer by the minute–or, more accurately, ”by the click”. According to one report, YouTube ads, iTunes downloads, and upcoming TV commercials will earn PSY a whopping $8.1 million this year.
You may wonder why in the world anyone would care about a one-YouTube-hit rapper from South Korea, and if you do, until this weekend I shared your sentiments. As it turns out, PSY is the South Korean singer whose 2004 performance of South Korean metal band N.E.X.T.’s song “Dear American” was chock full of anti-American rhetoric advocating the murder of American troops. “Kill those f—— Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captive…Kill those f——- Yankees who ordered them to torture…Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers…Kill them all slowly and painfully…”
According to reports by the New York Post and Korean web site BusanHaps, the song was performed “in response to the 2002 death of two Korean school girls, who were killed in an accident with an American military vehicle outside of Seoul. The soldiers driving the tank were acquitted by a US military court. In the days that followed the ruling, anti-American sentiments were at an all-time high and PSY was, clearly, among the most vocal.”
The star-studded “Christmas in Washington” concert that took place Sunday is the reason I explained who PSY is. While a California filmmaker sits in prison for making a little-known YouTube video that may (according to certain government officials who may or may not have lied to the American people) have offended Muslims, President Barack Obama and his family gave audience to Park Jae-sang–PSY–as he closed the concert with his performance of “Gangam Style.” Although he reportedly apologized–after being exposed– for his anti-American performance prior to Sunday’s event, why an anti-American South Korean artist pretending to ride a horse while rapping a “song” that has nothing to do with Christmas was allowed to visit the White House, I’ll never know. Perhaps it’s just further testament to what Washington has become.
Written by Tami Nantz