, often called "Fuck'n USA"
, is a protest song
written by South Korean
singer and activist Yoon Min-suk
. Strongly anti-US Foreign policy and anti-Bush, the song was written in 2002 at a time when, following the Apolo Ohno
Olympic controversy and an incident in which two Korean middle school students were killed
by a U.S. Army vehicle; anti-American sentiment in Korea
reached high levels. Musically it is a parody of "Surfin USA"
and though it has a vulgar aspect it is not supposed to be, according to Yoon, just an angsty punk type song but a serious critique of the Bush Administration and US foreign policy in particular in the Korean peninsula, just conveyed in an ironic and jokingly vitriolic way.
Later a music video, supposedly created by North Koreans
in the South, was broadcast on a South Korean news program, where it was picked up by Rob Pongi
and subsequently rebroadcast on the show's website along with Japanese and English subtitles, enabling it to spread worldwide. The version of the song in the video has been remixed and opens with caricatures
of U.S. President George W. Bush
taunting Koreans, while chants of "부시악" ("Pushi Ak" or "Bush Evil") echo in the background. It displays a slideshow of Korean political cartoons
attacking U.S. foreign policy, ending abruptly on the line "Yankee Go Home
!", with an animation of the Statue of Liberty
The video has developed a minor cult status in the West, where it has been shown on comedy shows such as Tarrant on TV.