K-pop is taking over the music industry with their record-breaking songs one after another. One of the K-pop groups BLACKPINK new song ‘How You Like That’ has made the record to reach 100 million views on YouTube after 32 hours of its release.
With their versatility and bawse lady attitude, the latest song is full of energy and members, Lisa, Jennie, Jisoo, and Rosé burn the dance floor with it. Yet the girl pop band has landed in controversy after Indian viewers pointed to cultural misappropriation in their music video.
Some Indian users pointed out that one of their gods Ganesh statue installed in a video-set Arabic market. The statue’s split-second appearance comes as Lisa sings her words, sitting on a piece of furniture set in the scene. The Indian viewers found it offensive for using the statue of their god as a prop.
Using Ganesh’s status as a prop brought the K-pop band under hot waters. Many slammed the all-girls K-pop group on social media and demanded an apology.
Ok I just want to speak about the ganesha statue in black pinks new mv. It’s clearly offensive to belittle another cultures god. I’m not saying this as an army I’m saying this as a human being. People are hurt and you have to recognize that. #BLACKPINK
— yoongis_hands⁷ (@freya_bangtan) June 27, 2020
blackpink has offended our culture for god knows what time now the appropriatd our dance bharatnatyam lisa wore a shiva / ganesha jacket and now this and much more still yall ready to ignore ???? i demand an apology #MyCultureIsNotYourAesthetic
— ⁷ read pinned . (@stillwyuh) June 27, 2020
I’m a blink and a hindu, people who are saying that “oh lord ganesha below the THRONE on which lisa was sitting is no problem” I want to tell you that it is and that it is disrespectful. We are not saying anything to blackpink, its YG ‘s fault #BLACKPINK #BlackPinkApologize
— Anshika Suryavansh (@taeyeon209) June 27, 2020
Even if I’m not extremely religious, I have drawn strength in life at times from Lord Ganesha.
With the blackpink debate, the first thought in my head is I shouldn’t be angry but the fact is I know I should be angry. The normalisation of bashing desi culture is disgusting.
— shar 🍉 is a jeffie (@shexwoman) June 27, 2020
Ok. This is really making me angry. But. HOW CAN YOU USE MY CULTURE AS ONE OF YOUR DAMN AESTHETICS. WE HINDUS DO NOT DESERVE THIS DISRESPECT. GANESHA JI IS ONE OF OUR DIEITIES. WE WORSHIP HIM. HE SHOULD NEVER BE ON THE FLOOR. #BlackPinkApologise @ygent_official @BLACKPINK pic.twitter.com/hz9x17ShP3
— ☾ BLACK LIVES MATTER ☾ (@Got7_Jolly) June 27, 2020
Although the dispute has yet to be resolved by YG Entertainment, India’s official fanbase of BLACKPINK fans has told viewers they have dropped emails and attempted to reach out to the band for a response.