Psy Attends Post-Apology “Christmas In Washington”
The Korean musician, famous in the States for “Gangnam Style,” was joined by Diana Ross, “Smash’s” Megan Hilty, “The Voice’s” Chris Mann, Demi Lovato and “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery at the event, which was taped by TNT at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
“Christmas in Washington” is a regular holiday concert that benefits the Children’s National Medical Center, and is attended by the President and the First Lady.
As news spread of Psy’s anti-American performance, some petitioned on WhiteHouse.gov for the rapper not to attend. The petition was later removed because it violated the site’s Terms of Participation.
The song in question, called “Dear America,” was written by a South Korean group called N.E.X.T., and Psy can be heard rapping about killing American troops serving in Iraq, as well as their families, during the performance.
In a statement on Friday, Psy said that the song “was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two Korean schoolgirls that was part of the overall antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world at that time.”
He went on to say that “as a proud South Korean who was educated in the United States and lived there for a very significant part of my life, I understand the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world. … While I’m grateful for the freedom to express one’s self, I’ve learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and I’m deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted. I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused by those words.”
The “Christmas In Washington” concert will air on TNT December 21.
By Breeanna Hare – CNN
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