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PSY to revise song over worry it may offend Arabs

  • FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2013 file photo, South Korean rapper PSY performs before President Park Geun-hye's presidential inauguration ceremony at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea.  PSY said Monday, March 18, 2013, on a Twitter-like South Korean website that he will change the title of his potential “Gangnam Style” follow-up over worries it could offend Arabs. PSY said earlier this week that his new song could carry a title that can be written as “Assarabia” or “Assaravia” in English. The expression is slang used by young South Koreans to express thrills. It suggests no ethnicity or body part. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2013 file photo, South Korean rapper PSY performs before President Park Geun-hye's presidential inauguration ceremony at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. PSY said Monday, March 18, 2013, on a Twitter-like South Korean website that he will change the title of his potential “Gangnam Style” follow-up over worries it could offend Arabs. PSY said earlier this week that his new song could carry a title that can be written as “Assarabia” or “Assaravia” in English. The expression is slang used by young South Koreans to express thrills. It suggests no ethnicity or body part. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2013 file photo, South Korean rapper PSY performs before President Park Geun-hye's presidential inauguration ceremony at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea.  PSY said Monday, March 18, 2013, on a Twitter-like South Korean website that he will change the title of his potential “Gangnam Style” follow-up over worries it could offend Arabs. PSY said earlier this week that his new song could carry a title that can be written as “Assarabia” or “Assaravia” in English. The expression is slang used by young South Koreans to express thrills. It suggests no ethnicity or body part. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2013 file photo, South Korean rapper PSY performs before President Park Geun-hye's presidential inauguration ceremony at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. PSY said Monday, March 18, 2013, on a Twitter-like South Korean website that he will change the title of his potential “Gangnam Style” follow-up over worries it could offend Arabs. PSY said earlier this week that his new song could carry a title that can be written as “Assarabia” or “Assaravia” in English. The expression is slang used by young South Koreans to express thrills. It suggests no ethnicity or body part. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2013 file photo, South Korean rapper PSY performs before President Park Geun-hye's presidential inauguration ceremony at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea.  PSY said Monday, March 18, 2013, on a Twitter-like South Korean website that he will change the title of his potential “Gangnam Style” follow-up over worries it could offend Arabs. PSY said earlier this week that his new song could carry a title that can be written as “Assarabia” or “Assaravia” in English. The expression is slang used by young South Koreans to express thrills. It suggests no ethnicity or body part. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
  • FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2013 file photo, South Korean rapper PSY performs before President Park Geun-hye's presidential inauguration ceremony at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea.  PSY said Monday, March 18, 2013, on a Twitter-like South Korean website that he will change the title of his potential “Gangnam Style” follow-up over worries it could offend Arabs. PSY said earlier this week that his new song could carry a title that can be written as “Assarabia” or “Assaravia” in English. The expression is slang used by young South Koreans to express thrills. It suggests no ethnicity or body part. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

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.

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