BLACKPINK recently completed their concert in Macau, only to receive criticism from Chinese fans regarding their comments.
On May 23rd, BLACKPINK expressed their gratitude in English through their official SNS account, saying, “We were deeply touched by our Macanese BLINKs this week. Thank you for all the heartfelt support. We are truly blessed to have you guys. 520 forever BLINKS.” (‘520’ sounds similar to “I love you” in the local language, and is a slang to express affection there).
Along with their message, photos from the “BORN PINK WORLD TOUR” held at Macau Galaxy Arena on the 20th and 21st were also revealed.
However, when the post was also shared on Chinese Weibo, some Chinese fans expressed discontent.
In particular, they left comments such as, “Why are they calling them ‘Macanese BLINKs’ instead of Chinese BLINKs?”, “Macaunese refers to Portuguese descendants living in Macau or born in Macau”, “YG should hire Chinese people”, and so on.
Since Macau is a Special Administrative Region of China, there were comments pointing out that the people present at the venue should have been referred to as Chinese. However, it is a common practice to express gratitude to the people of a specific city when visiting.
Nevertheless, due to this issue, “BLACKPINK greeting controversy” became the 8th trending topic on Weibo among real-time search trends.
On the other hand, on May 27th and 28th, BLACKPINK finished their concert at Bangkok’s Rajamangala National Stadium, and they will continue their world tour at Osaka’s Kyocera Dome in Japan on June 3rd and 4th.