With over 900 million views, the song Gangnam Style is the most-watched YouTube video of all time.
But its singer, the South Korean rapper Psy, may be about to lose much of his popularity in the U.S.
It has just come to light that the artist used to rap about ‘slowly and painfully’ killing American soldiers and their families.
Anti-American? Psy (center) appears with comedian Kathy Griffin (left) and singer Miley Cyrus at the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festiva
During an anti-American protest in Seoul in 2002 Psy smashed a model American tank live on stage.
The demonstration came after two American soldiers were acquitted from negligent homicide after two 13-year-old South Korean girls were killed on the road.
Then, two years later, after the death of a Korean missionary in Iraq, a group of musicians performed a protest song called Dear American written by rock band N.E.X.T.
When it came to Psy’s turn he rapped about ‘killing those f***ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives.
‘Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers.
‘Kill them all slowly and painfully.’
Psy has been teaching his unique dance on talk shows, included Extra at The Grove
His unique ‘sexy horse’ dance has been performed by celebrities and politicians, including everyone from Madonna to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
The UN leader described the song as ‘force for world peace.’
Psy performed Gangnam Style at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards in September.
Since then he has appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show (twice), the Today show, Saturday Night Live at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the Formula One Korean Grand Prix, the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards and the Tonight show with Jay Leno.
The rapper remains on the bill to perform for President Obama for a Christmas in Washington concert on December 21.
The outcry against the rapper includes an online petition asking for Psy’s invitation to be cancelled due to his anti-American past and violent rhetoric.
PSY’S ANTI-AMERICAN RAP
‘Kill those f*****g Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those f*****g Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully’