Friday, December 7, 2012

“Gangnam Style” Rapper Turns Out to be Anti-Imperialist

CBS News reports:
PSY has been taking over America with his surprise smash hit “Gangnam Style” but there’s new information on the South Korean pop star that will soon change his popularity among U.S. fans. 
It turns out PSY has been involved in several anti-American protest performances. According to Mediaite.com he smashed a model U.S. tank while onstage in 2002 to oppose 37,000 U.S. troops that descended on the Korean Peninsula.
A few years later, PSY cursed Americans after a South Korean missionary was executed. His song “Dear American” sets the record straight. 
“Kill those f***ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives/Kill those f***ing Yankees who ordered them to torture/Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers/Kill them all slowly and painfully,” he raps.
PSY is scheduled to perform for President Obama for a Christmas In Washington special to air on TNT Friday, December 21. No doubt, PSY will now be univited. Indeed, a petition to rescind his invitation has already been created. The Empire will tolerate some things but never critiques of  its bombings, torture and occupations.



35 comments:

  1. I'm as anti-imperialist as the next libertarian, but am I the only one who sees a difference between condemning American murderers and proposing to slaughter their families?

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    1. I agree with you wholeheartedly. It's typical that human beings give false ideas mixed with the truth.

      Many of us know Bastiat's example, that human beings, rather than move to peacefully end plunder and violence, will move to take up the political machinery in acts of retaliation.

      What reward is there in that?
      Self-defense is the only excuse for violence.

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    2. It's standard US policy of guilt by association. It hurts when it bites back, doesn't it?

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    3. So are you okay if it's your daughter, mother, daughter-in-law, or father that's killed? It's just guilt by association biting back...

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  2. The gangnam style rapper (whatever his name is) just went up a notch in my book!!

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    1. So apparently you'd be okay with it if it was your daughter, mother, daughter-in-law, or father killed "slowly and painfully"?

      Criticizing American imperialism is a good thing, but it is truly bizarre and disturbing how far Bob Wenzel and his acolytes are willing to take this one...

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    2. It's called blowback, and no, we wouldn't but at least we can understand the concept and not condemn him for calling us out.

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    3. Why don't you criticize your country's leaders for doing the same? Clinton, Bush, and Obama have all called for the murder of millions of innocent people.

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    4. I do criticize my Clinton, Bush, and Obama for their actions, but it's one thing to warn about blowback--and to condemn those whose policies create it--and something else entirely to actively cheer it on.

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    5. That's correct, Dale. The prime difference is that Clinton, Bush and Obama have all actually followed through and have killed innocent people. Granted, I am not okay with anybody calling for the murder of anybody, but there is certainly a big difference between artistic expression and actually following through with the action.

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  3. Remember: if you don't want American troops in your country, you are "anti-American."

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    1. Well, that and calling for Americans to die "slowly and painfully" might have something to do with it as well...

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  4. This guy is just like our homegrown hollywood morons. On the one hand, he raps "to kill the yankees" but does a private lapdance (oops rap dance) for the murderer in chief, the obamessiah. If he is a principled anti-imperialist, he would not be performing for obama. These celebrity morons want to have it bothways. On the one hand, they want the commie streetcred that comes with opposing wars and imperialism (which is good), but on the otherhand, they want to enjoy the company of the very political elites who cause these wars and suffering.

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    1. My thoughts exactly.

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    2. Excellent point. Nicely put.

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  5. so much for the non-aggression principle as long as there's few harsh words about the American government thrown in, huh?

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  6. Apparently, he's apologized. http://www.complex.com/music/2012/12/psy-apologizes-for-inflamatory-dear-american-lyrics. He's back on the plantation.

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  7. He's an artist entitled to express himself. Why the outcry over something he rapped 10 years ago?

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    1. he's allowed to express himself and so are those who find lyrics about killing people distasteful. I didn't realize there was a statute of limitations on finding it offensive when someone advocates killing innocent people...

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    2. You're right, the operative word being "innocent" people. By Western standards, the individual is judged but by Eastern standards, the group or family unit is.

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    3. I find people that call for the murder of innocent people in Iraq, Iran, etc. distatsteful. Like Obama. And Bush. And Clinton.

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    4. Yes, Dale, I also find it distasteful when Bush, Clinton, and Obama murder people. But apparently where you and I differ is that I don't believe more murder is the answer.

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    5. And I don't judge by "Eastern standards," I use the libertarian standard of judging people by their individual actions rather than collectively.

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    6. Murder of innocent people is coldly called collateral damage. Family members and others who support soldiers who murder innocent people are NOT innocent but guilty by association. They are guilty before and after the fact especially when they fail to condemn the actions of their loved ones. There's a difference between people who happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and people who support / endorse murderers from the comfort of their loved ones's homes. The former are truly innocent.

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  8. http://news.yahoo.com/psy-forever-sorry-anti-american-song-214836555--abc-news-music.html

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  9. I interpret this as him saying "death to those individuals who committed the murder and/or torture of innocent Iraqis and/or Koreans". Individuals, NOT an entire country of people.

    It would be like wanting someone who killed/tortured someone that you cared about to get the death penalty. At least that's the way I see it.

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    1. Exactly. His rap was in response to the murder of a Korean clergyman by Iraqis who had held him hostage and demanded the SKorean government get the fuck out of Iraq, and the rape and murder by US military if two girls the year before. He was angry (as he should have been) and spoke his mind.

      How many times have our leaders stood on somber podiums and called for the murder of thousands in the name of the "War in Terror"? There is no difference.

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    2. He also said to kill their families.
      Last i checked, their families have NOT killed or tortured anyone.
      Hell, some of them may even be anti-war and anti-imperialism.

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    3. Dale, if "there is no difference" between what Psy said and what our leaders have done, why is not okay to condemn his words? You rightfully call for condemnation of Clinton, Bush, and Obama for their words and actions, but then Psy's words--which you acknowledge are no differentl--get a free pass. Why is that?

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  10. What a coincidence that this story breaks on today, Dec 7?

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  11. I'm anti-war and an anti-imperialist, but there is a fine line between protesting imperialism and wishing that people be killed, especially civilians. Still, he has apologized, and I hope that he has learned this distinction over the eight years since he sung those lyrics.

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  12. http://www.juancole.com/2012/12/psy-of-gangnam-style-attacks-bushs-iraq-war-not-america.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+juancole%2Fymbn+%28Informed+Comment%29

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  13. Anyone want to take a bet that he was only anti-war and anti-imperialism when a Republican was in the white house, just like 95% of all lefties?

    Of course, now that Barry Obama is in the white house, he's "forever sorry" about his remarks and wants to perform for him.
    What's the difference between him and the hypocritical likes of George Clooney?

    Sorry, i can only take anti-war and anti-imperialism messages seriously when they come from principled people. Not when they come from revolting hypocrites.

    He's not anti-war or anti-imperialism. He's just a stock liberal Democrat cheerleader.

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  14. Many of the comments here, starting with the post itself, are sick and demented and in no way represent a libertarian mindset. So, if one believes lyrics about killing Americans "slowly and painfully" are abhorrent means that same person cannot believe policies that result in innocent deaths are abhorrent as well? Calling for politicians' family members' murders is now justifiable because those politicians pursue disgusting policies? What about all American citizens? Are our murders now all justifiable because we live in a territory governed by a state who commits atrocities that we rightfully condemn? Is mine? Is yours?

    American policies in the Middle East should be condemned, but does that mean 9/11 was justified? Should those 3,000 people have been killed because they were "guilty by association" with the actions of the U.S. government?

    When did libertarianism become about collective punishment? I thought libertarianism was anti-state, antiwar, and anti-murder? When I read sites like EPJ and Lew Rockwell, I can't help but wonder if its only anti-the American state, only anti-American wars, and apparently now, okay with the murder of American people. If one wishes to be "anti-American"--whatever that may mean--so be it. But don't sully those real libertarians who actually do wish to condemn the state and its wars writ large, rather than simply those conceived in Washington.

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    1. I can tell you i agree with you wholeheartedly.

      That's also the reason why there shouldn't be any interventionism in the first place. Why should one country's soldiers die for the cause of another's anyway?

      By the way, excuses for this looney on the basis that one of his countrymen died in the Middle East are ridiculous. Why should he be any angrier one of his countrymen died over anyone else? That is nationalist collectivism and is useless.

      Personally, i don't give a rat's a$$ about any of the politicians, they know very well what they're doing, but he also "sang" about people that didn't make any decisions.

      It needs repeating that most "ordinary" people are brainwashed by lifelong propaganda and the libertarian message only started getting out in the last 10 years or so.

      I was stupid once; never knew about libertarianism and was basically brainwashed by statism. So were most other libertarians. Did we all deserve to die because our young heads were stuffed full of lies and we didn't know?

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