LOS ANGELES Dec 7 The South Korean pop singer
behind the viral smash hit "Gangnam Style" apologized on Friday
for past concerts featuring anti-American lyrics, ahead of a
holiday performance to be attended by U.S. President Barack
Obama and his family.
Psy issued the apology after reports surfaced in the United
States on Friday about his participation in two performances
critical of the U.S. military in 2004.
Psy's "Gangnam Style" Korean pop and dance video is now the
most-watched video ever on YouTube, with more than 900 million
views since it was first uploaded in July.
"While I'm grateful for the freedom to express one's self,
I've learned there are limits to what language is appropriate
and I'm deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted,"
the rapper said in a statement.
"I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused by those
words," he added.
In one performance, which Psy said was from eight years ago,
the rapper protested the deaths of two teenage South Korean
girls who were run over by a U.S. tank stationed in the country.
In a separate performance, Psy was critical of the U.S.-led
invasion of Iraq and its occupation, in which South Korean
Psy is scheduled to perform at the annual "Christmas in
Washington" television special that will also be attended by
Obama and his family, the White House said on Friday.
Broadcaster TNT said Psy would still perform as planned.
(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Additional reporting by Mark
Felsenthal in Washington; Editing by Jill Serjeant and Peter