The South Korean girl group BLACKPINK might be on a cloud nine as their latest MV ‘How You Like That’ has become the most-viewed music video premiere on YouTube but the band has landed in controversy after some eagle-eyed fans noticed the YG Entertainment used Lord Ganesha as a prop.
Yes, you read that right! There are thousands of Indian fans pointed out that there was a statue of Lord Ganesha kept in an Arabic market set up in the video. The scene of Lord Ganesha being used as a prop comes as BLACKINP’s member Lisa sings her lines, seated on a piece of furniture set in the scene.
The use of Hindu deity being used a prop did not go down well with Indian users and they slammed not only BLACKPINK members but also YG Entertainment for the same.
Here’s how people reacted to the controversy:
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
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
It's not the fault of blackpink (Jennie,rose,jisso,lisa) it's the fault of YG ENTERTAINMENT! #YGapologise #YGEntertainment @ygent_official you shouldn't have used ganesha murti as your prop. And to other blinks let me tell you guys one thing I am also a proud blink.
— RJ? (@JallaRishita) June 27, 2020
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 placing a Ganesha statue ON THE GROUND next to an Aladdin lamp in a so called “Arab market” scene…when we say y’all see South Asia as some sort of exoticised interchangeable other for aesthetic this is a prime example,” a fan wrote on Twitter.
“I’m so angry I never spread hate over here but @ygent_official @BLACKPINK @ygofficialblink Fuck you for using everything you can for aesthetics. That statue is of a Hindu God Ganesha and you do not use it like that!!!!! Do some research? Stop appropriating our culture were TIRED,” a fan added.
Meanwhile, YG Entertainment has not reacted to the controversy yet. The official fanbase of BLACKPINK fans in India has assured fans that they have already dropped emails and trying to reach out to the band for a statement.
We are aware of the issue in How You Like That MV.
We Belive that it's Offensive to usage of Lord Ganesha's Idol and we will try to contact YG Entertainment regarding it pic.twitter.com/UB2IC35XjM
— Blackpink India ( 브링크) (@BLACKPINKIndia) June 26, 2020
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