Over 917 million views on YouTube, a catchy hook and an equally catchy jig will get you invited to the White House; even after you make a song calling for the killing of American military troops.
“Gangham Style” star Psy performed at “Christmas in Washington” with President Barack Obama in the front row, just days after a 2004 song he recorded hit the internet, detailing his disdain for American troops killing Iraqi families. The lyrics are as follows:
Kill those f**king Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those f**king Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully.
The song, which has turned the hopping YouTube sensation into an “anti-American” overnight, has caused public outrage for both the rap star and now the White House. Before the concert, where he performed alongside Diana Ross and Demi Lovato, the lyrics prompted a petition on whitehouse.gov, demanding he be dropped from the concert. It was deleted a day later, the WH website claiming that it violated terms of participation.
The WH has not commented further about Psy’s participation at the event, which the First Family has attended for over 30 years, but the performer’s publicist, Matthew Hiltzik, released this statement on Psy’s behalf.