PSY Sings In Front of Obama At Annual Christmas Concert Despite Non-Controversy
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.