My son has been deployed overseas the past two years. My wife and I pray every day for his safety and for the safety of all of America’s sons and daughters serving in the nation’s military.
That’s why I find offensive the music video in which Korean pop star PSY appeared in which he wished death upon our men and women in uniform. Like my 23-year-old son, the only child with which my wife and I have been blessed.
It’s also why I am angry that PSY has not been disinvited to an upcoming Christmas concert for President Obama, whom, I have repeatedly reminded my son, must be respected – notwithstanding his policies – because he is the nation’s duly-elected commander-in-chief.
I understand that PSY has apologized for adding his voice to a supposed “protest” song, “Dear American,” which included lyrics urging: “Kill those f***ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives… Kill their daughters, mother, daughters-in-law and brothers. Kill them all painfully and slowly.”
But I believe the Korean truly meant what he sang. For the Bible advises, “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Or, in the case of Mr. Gangnam Style, the mouth sings.
Meanwhile, President Obama has uttered not a word in condemnation of Psy’s anti-America rant, which sounded very much like the kind of chilling declarations heard from the late Osama bin Laden. The White House did, however, issue a statement saying that its not up to them who performs for the president and his family.
Such a cop out is a profound insult to America’s military families. Especially to the families of the more than 6,000 service men and women who died in honorable service to this country since 2004, when PSY was on a Korean stage urging that U.S. military personnel be killed.
PSY cannot walk back his remarks. He said it. He meant it. And not until the emergence of video of the Korean singing for death to the f***ing Yankees – gangnam style – did Mr. 700 million YouTube hits finally repudiate those hateful remarks.
If President Obama appears at a concert at which PSY performs, he will confirm his contempt for the men and women who every day put their lives on the line in defense of their country.
I will no longer be able to tell my military son that the nation’s commander-in-chief deserves his respect.