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PSY to revise song over worry it may offend Arabs

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- PSY says he will change the title and lyrics of his potential "Gangnam Style" follow-up over worries it could offend Arabs.

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The announced title for the song can be written as "Assarabia" or "Assaravia" in English. It's slang used by South Koreans to express thrills. It suggests no ethnicity or body part, but worries have risen that Arabs might misinterpret the title and find it derogatory.

PSY said Monday on a South Korean social media website that he has decided to change the title. Some lyrics also will change.

After several Korean albums, PSY has promised future work in English but it isn't clear when. The "Gangnam Style" video, with its catchy tune and much-imitated horse-riding dance, has a record 1.44 billion views on YouTube since July.

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75Comments
Mar 19, 2013 6:07PM
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ever was afraid t offend Americans (or anyone else) I the past. Why the change of heart?

 

These interviewers are NOT doing their job!

 

How about real journalists?  Morley Safer, come back!  Save us from "magazine" journalists!

Mar 19, 2013 12:35PM
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Who gives a sh_t what the Arabs think of it.
Mar 19, 2013 11:45AM
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All this useless outrage over a stupid song he already apologized for. But hiding under anonymity, none of you will ever have to apologize for your own ignorant comments.
Where's the outrage when Cheney and co. sent thousands of Americans to their deaths to a war over a lie? Doesn't action speak louder than words? That's what I thought.
Mar 19, 2013 11:45AM
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what about the song he sang about killing and torturing americans.
Mar 19, 2013 11:33AM
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This song was cute for about 5 minutes and then I hated it and him.  Now it needs to be only played at wedding receptions after the Macarena and before YMCA!

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