PSY Hated America, But Now He's Sold Out: Why We're Still Rooting For Him Anyway

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PSY, running through all the American dollars flying rapidly in his direction.
We have finally gotten far enough away from the mid-aughts that people are surprised to watch a famous celebrity protests American foreign policy in a notably gauche way in 2004: PSY, the grinning face behind "Gangnam Style," ran into his first international bad press last week when someone finally realized that America's favorite novelty artist rapping about killing the "daughters, mothers, daughters-in-laws, and fathers" of "fucking Yankees" might be of interest to said Yankees.

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The story first showed up in CNN's quasi-blog iReports section two months ago; since then we've learned that the lyrics PSY performed were written by another band, and he's apologized incredibly thoroughly in what is perhaps the most important geopolitical communique ever to contain the words "Jay Leno" in it.

The apology is probably not enough to satisfy the people who were disgusted by his 2004 performance and just enough to set off the volunteer insincerity-fighters out there who were looking for a reason to declare him insufficiently serious for Real Music Fans. I have more in common with the first group than the second, but I accept the apology. I accept it because PSY deserves the opportunity to sell out--because in 2012, 1 A.P., it's the most honest thing he could do.

Don't get me wrong: Psy has almost certainly apologized because he's speaking, now, to an entirely different audience than he was in 2004, and that audience is making him millions of dollars. The author of "Gangnam Style" is, to the surprise of people who are continually surprised by this kind of thing, not an ideologically pure Korean nationalist or anti-imperialist, and never was.

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yeahbaby225
yeahbaby225

I agree with PSY, even though I'm a Republican, I have to admit our foreign policy is garbage and we should bring our troops home immediately. 

realgenius1
realgenius1

"We're" rooting for him?  Speak for yourself, dummy. 

joekohlburn
joekohlburn

He's South Korean, not North Korean. South Koreans are definitely NOT Maoist (rather than Stalinist). He's as capitalistic as they come. Look at the random trappings of materialism he's showing off in the video. Please take a look at the difference. Educate yourselves people. http://theoatmeal.com/comics/north_south_korea

jbradhicks
jbradhicks

You know, if you're a South Korean, and you don't hate Americans, I'm damned if I know why not.

Jeff Powell
Jeff Powell

Pay has long outlived the novelty of his video.

Mark Drake
Mark Drake

I'm with you Jeff DirtyBus Hopkins

Brian Gregory May
Brian Gregory May

Corrilynn Coco, you do know that Psy is from Korea, not China, right?

Corrilynn Coco
Corrilynn Coco

He's retarded.. And this is why china will take over america because we are blind.

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