December 7, 2012, - 4:17 pm

Anti-American PSY Makes Gangnam Style Millions in US, NOT S Korea

By Debbie Schlussel

You’ve probably heard about pop sensation (and, probably, one hit wonder) PSY’s anti-American hatred, which the man also known as Park Jae-sang conveniently forgot while cashing in on America with his cheesy “Macarena”-style hit song, “Gangnam Style.” And, yet, despite his dissing of the US, our country just made him about $8 million, but very little in his native South Korea. “Evil America” Cha-ching.

PSY: He Hates America, But Gladly Takes Its Cash

Eight years ago, long before achieving this massive stardom, the mega-star rapped about “slowly and painfully” killing American military members and their families. . . .

During a 2002 protest concert against the presence of 37,000 American troops in Korea, PSY took the stage in gold face-paint and, with the crowd egging him on, lifted a miniature “American tank” and smashed it on the ground to massive applause. . . . And then in 2004, a Korean missionary was captured in Iraq by Islamists who demanded that South Korea not send troops to aid America in the war in Iraq. Seoul refused to negotiate and the missionary was beheaded. The result: massive protests throughout Korea against both Muslim extremism and the U.S. military for indirectly bringing this fate upon a Korean missionary.

As part of the protests, PSY and several other popular Korean musicians put on a live performance of a Korean rock band’s song “Dear American.” When PSY’s turn came, he rapped:

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

Hey, and yet those “f–king Yankees” just gave him a whole lotta cash, with estimates of over $8 million:

As “Gangnam Style” gallops toward 1 billion views on YouTube, the first Asian pop artist to capture a massive global audience has gotten richer click by click. So too has his agent and his grandmother. But the money from music sales isn’t flowing in from the rapper’s homeland South Korea or elsewhere in Asia.

With one song, 34-year-old Park Jae-sang — better known as PSY — is set to become a millionaire from YouTube ads and iTunes downloads, underlining a shift in how money is being made in the music business. An even bigger dollop of cash will come from TV commercials.

From just those sources, PSY and his camp will rake in at least $8.1 million this year, according to an analysis by The Associated Press of publicly available information and industry estimates. But for online music sales in South Korea, he’ll earn less than $60,000. . . .

And the country with the most views of “Gangnam Style?” The United States.

“Gangnam Style” has been downloaded 2.9 million times in the U.S. and has been the No. 1 or No. 2 seller for most weeks since its debut, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The song sells for $1.29 on Apple’s iTunes Store, the market leader in song downloads. Apple generally keeps about 30 percent of all sales, so the PSY camp could be due more than $2.6 million.

Hmmm . . . so much cash from the “f–king Yankees.” I guess he’s gonna give it all back, right? Whatta hypocrite.

Gangnam Style or Gangsta Style? Seems to be no difference.

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26 Responses

He will probably apologize and say he was ‘misquoted”. Either way his fifteen minutes of fame are up!

Matthew on December 7, 2012 at 4:56 pm

He is right about one thing..American soldiers should not be in South Korea.

For many, many years, while America defended South Korea, S.Korea only let in Coca-Cola and Marlboros into their country from America. No other American products were sold, practically. I know, because I have been to South Korea.

Additionally, South Korea is a very weathy country. They can defend themselves. We are broke, partly because we have defended worthless allies since the end of WWII, even though many such as Japan, South Korea, and others had trade restrictions blocking goods from the very country that was defending them. US.

It is time for our troops to return home, and defend our borders.

Jonathan E. Grant on December 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I would be happy to see our military pull out of South Korea. Let Kim Jung-eun have Park Jae-sang and his country. Park Jae-sang can dance his dance in a gulag, if he survives.

Worry01 on December 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Imagine the U.S. money that Korea gets from having our bases there? Their people work in our bases, our troops and the military spend cash in Korea. We should close some foreign bases down and station the troops on the southern border.

RT on December 7, 2012 at 7:32 pm

This just in folks. Park Jae-sang has said that he was “sorry” for his little anti-American rap through a statement. This douchebag is only sorry for rapping about the killing of our military personnel and their families because of the all mighty dollar. PSY thinks that his “apology” will help keep the YouTube hits coming. In our current celebrity culture most people(Obama supporters) won’t care what this dope did back in 2004. To me though PSY is a nothing but a big POS and hopefully he one hit wonders himself away PDQ.

Ken b on December 7, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Correct Jonathan, I just got back form living there for two years. Koreans love selling their goods to us but, heaven forbid should Korea have to import anything from the U.S.(the county which saved there asses from living like their breathern up north). They were all up in arms when President Lee signed the free-trade agreement which called for Korea to import U.S. beef. The Korean cattle lobby was dead set against it because they like charging Koreans $10 a pound for beef, American beef comes into the market then they have to slash their prices.

Mr. Lawrence on December 7, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I never did like this shitty ass song anyways. It opitomizes Korean pop culture to a T…..copy the worst aspects of American culture and make it even worst.

Mr. Lawrence on December 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Ungrateful brat. I say deport him to North Korea.

John on December 7, 2012 at 7:48 pm

This guy may have fucked himself by jumping on that tired old anti American band wagon. I checked out his stuff on You tube, and while it sure isn’t something a middle aged white guy is going to sit there and listen to, it might have made good club music for the kids. It isn’t much worse or much different, really than some of the bullshit I used to have to listen to when I was young and trolling the clubs for women. It sort of reminds me of a spinoff of “Techno”.

RT on December 7, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I was gonna have said “Gangland Style,” myself . . .

ConcernedPatriot on December 7, 2012 at 8:38 pm

He’s going to entertain Hussein at the White House. What does that say about the Magix Negro. A white president wouldn’t do that.

FrenchKiss on December 7, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Our Obama voter morons don’t care if the rest of the world hates us!

After all, we are liked again by the progressives in Europe and in South Korea and the Muslim Botherhood extremists are our BFFs.

What’s not to love?

NormanF on December 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm

The brothels in Phila. that operate with “protected”
status are owned and operated by Koreans. They are
major contributors to the Democratic party and have
provided escorts to Biden and Co. for years.

piers moron on December 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm

I once suggested to DS that due to the Korean content of the new “Red Dawn”, it should have been renamed “Gangnam Dawn”.

When you get down to it, “Gangnam Style” give me one big f***in’ headache. After all, I’ve already heard it before a million times over, most recently as LMFAO’s “Sexy and I know it”.

Needless to say, that song also gave me one big f***in’ headache, too. I going back to listening to Sabbath.

The Reverend Jacques on December 8, 2012 at 4:30 am

Lyrics certainly sound like a “hate crime” — good thing we have not officially endorced that UN/OIC hate crime laws. Why was this clown allowed entry into the USA? Guess it was our clown in the WH responsible for that …..

Otto Schaden on December 8, 2012 at 7:56 am

Doesnt his song sound like he is saying Condom Style?

Non PC on December 8, 2012 at 10:20 am

With the screwball culture we’ve witnessed take over, this little wuss is par for the course.
We should’ve pulled troops out of S. Korea a loooong time ago. Really milking us like everyone else does. Be done with the foreign aid as well. Unless they’re truly enemies of our enemies and proud of it.
I’d love to see two cultural arm pits meet each other on youtube. A nice Chicago style “wilding” involving this human feces on two feet. I’d love to witness that situation. Totally.

samurai on December 8, 2012 at 11:09 am

Over the past 50+ years, there have been numerous ONE HIT WONDERS whose only continued fame is discovered on radio broadcast specials featuring these faded and mostly forgotten artists and their songs.

Let it go. He’ll probably spend most of the millions on luxury goods here, pay taxes, and then get conned by financial planners and attorneys. (In my opinion, BHO will probably do a “bait ‘n switch” job on him.)

Bye -Bye $$$$$

ps J.E. Grant, I’m with you. U.S. needs to let these new economic power houses pay their own defense budgets. We are not ROME!

Dennis on December 8, 2012 at 11:14 am

But for online music sales in South Korea, he’ll earn less than $60,000. . . .

Looks like SANE South Koreans know who’s keeping the vicious tyrants out.

Miranda Rose Smith on December 9, 2012 at 2:47 am

This is just another reason why I avoid South Korean stuff especially Lg and Samsung. Btw I applauded Apple’s court victory here in San Jose, Ca over Samsung’s blatant copying of the iPhone.

Anyway many years ago, while stationed in Japan, I made a week long stint over to South Korea. The older generation that had lived and grew up during pre and during WWII Japanese occupation and then dealt with the North Korean invasion, are grateful for the US presence. Unfortunately many are dying everyday so this younger K-Pop generation who never had to see and feel REAL suffering can act like spoil brats from the 1st world who are typically anti-American.

Time to let them fend for themselves for a change and this applies to our other so call allies.

Mario on December 9, 2012 at 4:32 am

North Korea are moving in for the kill…..


Nigel on December 10, 2012 at 3:35 am

Psy’s comments represent the opinion of a very large segment of the South Korean population. I didn’t realize there was so much anti-American sentiment in South Korea until I first went there in 2006. There are “No Americans Allowed” signs at restaurants and American GIs are specifically banned from many shops and restaurants. There are regular protests near Jonggak station in Seoul where protesters burn American flags and yell loudly through loudspeakers. They hold up signs saying US soldiers aren’t real men, Yankee go home, and so on. My girlfriend is stationed at Osan AFB and I don’t understand why the government sends her to Korea to risk her life to protect Psy and millions of other Korean men like him.

Eugene on December 10, 2012 at 7:11 am

Nice pic…must be cloning himself!

IceNoMore on December 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Let’s leave not only South Korea but Germany, Japan – all these bases costing us billions annually. I’m well over 60 and we’ve been in these places since I was a baby. I’m tired of propping up their economies with American dollars. So South Koreans have signs saying “no Americans allowed” – then let’s leave them high and dry and let em get a taste of North Korea, the ungrateful bastards.

cc on December 11, 2012 at 8:45 am

This is quite possibly one of the most biased articles I’ve ever read. To be fair, it is the only debbiesclussel article I’ve ever read.

Hilarious to see all the Anti-Democrat comments.

And to the idiot applauding the fraudulent apple lawsuit, shaking my head at you. You’re so brainwashed. Look at what you’re doing, you’re hating on something just because it’s from South Korea. Samsung clearly proved they did not “blatantly copy” the iPhone; as other courts in countries that are not owned by corporations have demonstrated. Don’t you get it that the only person who suffers from lawsuits like that is the consumer– aka you. *facepalm*

MrAnonymouse on December 13, 2012 at 9:27 pm

PSY rapped this when a group of Americans accidently killed Iraqi citizens. He took it back long before Gangnam Style, but did it again and more publicly due to the fact that he would be coming to America to sing.

Listen on January 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm

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