BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) The rapper behind YouTube mega-hit "Gangnam Style" is apologizing after reports surfaced about an anti-American song he performed in the past.
Rolling Stone reports that South Korean entertainer Psy says he was educated in the U.S. and understands the sacrifices that American servicemen and women have made to "protect freedom and democracy" in South Korea and around the world.
Psy goes on to explain that the song from eight years ago was in response to the war in Iraq and "the killing of two innocent Korean civilians that was part of the overall antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world at that time."
News reports cite two instances of the 34-year-old "Gangnam Style" rapper participating in concerts protesting the U.S. military presence in South Korea during the early stages of the war in Iraq.
The singer released the apology after several media outlets posted the following lyrics from a song he performed at a concert in 2004:
Kill those Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully
The 34-year-old singer says he will "forever be sorry" for any pain he caused anyone with his words.
Psy's song controversy comes just weeks after "Gangnam Style" was dubbed the most-watched YouTube video of all time and just two weeks before he is scheduled to perform for President Barack Obama.
President Obama and his family are still expected to attend the charity concert where PSY is scheduled to perform. A spokesman said Friday that the Obama family will attend the Dec. 21 Christmas in Washington concert, as is custom.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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