An online petition asking U.S. President Barack Obama to rescind his Christmas in Washington invitation to "Gangnam Style" rapper Psy has been taken down from the White House's official petitions website "We the People."
The petition emerged Friday after reports saying Psy participated in an anti-American performance in Seoul in 2004 surfaced. The White House says the petition violated its Terms of Participation.
reportedly translate into: "Kill those fucking Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives, kill those fucking Yankees who ordered them to torture, kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers, kill them all slowly and painfully."
The news reports sent social media users in a tizzy and incited the petition, whose creator wants Psy to not attend the Christmas in Washington event "because of the rapper's vicious anti-American song lyrics."
"As commander-in-chief, how can Pres. Obama honor someone who calls for killing our troops and their families?" the petition said before being removed.
UPDATE: Meanwhile, Psy issued an apology Friday afternoon:
As a proud South Korean who was educated in the United States and lived there for a very significant part of my life, I understand the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world. The song in question from eight years ago was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two innocent Korean civilians that was part of the overall antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world at that time," the statement read. "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. I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused anyone by those words.
I have been honored to perform in front of American soldiers in recent months including an appearance on the Jay Leno show specifically for them and I hope they and all Americans can accept my apology," the statement concluded. "While it's important we express our opinions, I deeply regret the inflammatory and inappropriate language I used to do so. In my music I try to give people a release, a reason to smile. I have learned that though music, our universal language we can all come together as a culture of humanity and I hope that you will accept my apology.