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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Gangnam Nationalism: Why Psy’s anti-American rap shouldn’t surprise you

Two years later, Psy joined several other performers in a concert, this one also protesting the United States and its military. He rapped a song titled “Dear American.” The song is not his – the original is by South Korean metal band N.EX.T – but here are the lyrics, in English and in Korean, in case any readers would like to suggest a better translation:

싸이 rap : 이라크 포로를 고문해 댄 씨발양년놈들과
고문 하라고 시킨 개 씨발 양년놈들에
딸래미 애미 며느리 애비 코쟁이 모두 죽여
아주 천천히 죽여 고통스럽게 죽여

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


My guess is hipness outweighs patriotic sentiment for O and so the rapper will be on. For any president even slightly less cool than O, however, I would advise not honoring anybody who had called for the torture murder of the families of American servicemen. To me it just seems inappropriate. --ts

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