But things were about to get considerably more nightmarish for Psy. At the end of 2012, just as he had been asked to perform for President Barack Obama, the media unearthed evidence that a decade previously he had performed songs condemning the United States and its military. “Kill those f***ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives,” he sang in one of of his old songs. Some people were up in arms and called for the Obama visit to be cancelled.
The lyrics of his 2004 song “Dear American” were highly critical of American foreign policy. But Psy quickly released a public apology. “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 anti-war sentiment shared by others around the world at that time,” he said.