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Should the President Have Attended Concert Featuring Rapper Who Once Sang Anti-American Song?

The president attended a concert that includes PSY, the Korean "Gangnam Style" rapper who once sang about murdering American soldiers "slowly and painfully."

 

A furor arose recently when it was learned that President Barack Obama would be attending a traditional Christmas concert this year that includes an appearance by PSY, the Korean rapper who has become a media sensation with his song “Gangnam Style.” The concert raises money for a charity concert and has been attended by the current First Family since 1981.

The fallout is over anti-American sentiments PSY espoused in a song back in 2004 with words that advocated killing American soldiers and their families “slowly and painfully,” PSY sang the words following a non-guilty verdict in an American court for the two American men charged with killing two 14-year-old South Korean girls after hitting them with a 50-ton tank and also after a South Korean missionary was beheaded by Iraqi militants after South Korea sent 3,000 troops there.

Although Obama shook PSY's hand following the concert, he did not mention him in his speech to the crowd, the Washington Post reports.

A petition objecting to the president's attendance that went up on the White House petition website was promptly removed, according to an article in The Daily Mail. It was reported to have “violated the terms of participation,” although it is not clear what terms those were.

Veterans and families of American soldiers reportedly took to the airwaves and the Twitttersphere urging the president not to attend the concert or to have PSY scrapped from the lineup.

The White House has reportedly confirmed that the president will be in attendance, as is tradition, and the Korean rapper remains on the lineup. PSY has since apologized for his 2004 anti-American lyrics. 

What do you think? Should everyone let bygones be bygones or should the president have asked that PSY be struck from the lineup as a term of his attendance?

Troy Kim December 10, 2012 at 10:21 AM
It's sad. American people do not know what really happened to the two 14year old school girls. Those American soldiers who ran down the girls with military tank got acquitted and go free without any punishment. The court martial dropped the charges and completely ignored the case and that fuel the protests among south Korean people. Not just because girls were killed.
frank December 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Is it OK to the parents of the two dead 14 year old's? I feel your article is really questioning freedom of speech? Is there any rappers in this country alone that don't have offensive lyrics?
John December 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM
This just shows how buthurt our society has become. He made some lyrics showing his displeasure for things had been done, So What? You don't like it? Did the big mean man's words hurt your poor feelings? TOUGH! Get over it! The man has the rites to say whatever he wants to say. If you don't want to hear it then DON'T LISTEN
angela yoek December 10, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Only in America would Psy be allowed to perform for the President after his inflammatory remarks. It disgusts me! His lyrics are unconscionable and harmful to a of the brave Americans who defend our freedom. Truly sad. How far do we lower the bar of tolerance?
AjB December 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Wow its actually sad reading all the comments soo far.... Go take a grammer and spelling class....you are making Americans look dumber
Sean Gardner December 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM
all of you sound very retarded with all the killing and everything else that happens right here in the us and you worry about the president going to a concert how about how are kids are getting dumb down, victims of Hurricane Katrina and Sandy the millions of people not knowing where their next meal will come from or the means to even have a job or even find work. priorities people priorities

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