A rapper blurting out the F-bomb? Imagine that.

Last night culture-barrier breaking PSY sang his catchy Gangnam Style rap hit at a fundraising concert, despite controversy over past songs he had performed that were virulently anti-American. In two separate incidents in 2002 and 2004, PSY had publicly attacked American foreign and military policy. The silliness, which the Wall Street Journal described as a “scandal,” did not stop him from performing at a concert last night attended by President Barack Obama and his family. The annual event benefits the Children’s National Medical Center, a fact that seemed to get lost among the howls of protest from the right. So let’s remember a few points:

  • PSY apologized soon after those videos were released, so let’s move on.
  • The incidents were emotional reaction by a young man after what happened to his fellow citizens.
  • For just about every South Korean citizen, protesting American foreign and military policy is a rite of passage. Find a Korean who has never been to an anti-American protest and I will find you a liar.
  • Most Koreans have a conflicted view of the American military presence on their land. Rationally, Koreans understand the North Korean threat. But no nation wants a foreign military presence on their soil. Whenever a tragedy happens that affects one’s country’s fellow citizens, of course people of all walks of life will react emotionally.
  • For crying out loud, PSY was in his early to mid-20s, and we are talking about what happened eight to ten years ago. Grow up.
  • This is an event that raised money for a very worthy cause.
We have far more important issues that need attention; hopefully this will die down--judging by the number of views PSY’s video has had on YouTube, it appears the ruckus has already died down. And it should.

The concert will be broadcast on December 21.

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Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009 his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). During 2013 and 2014, he lived and worked in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as an associate director with a leading public relations firm within Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.