Jimmy Kimmel criticized for offending BLACKPINK’s fans as he referred to them as kids 

After disrespecting BTS’s fans, Jimmy Kimmel once again caused a controversy with his remark about BLACKPINK’s fans.

America’s famous TV show host Jimmy Kimmel has once again sparked criticism from K-pop fans in general and BLACKPINK fans in particular for his remark. 


On September 19, BLACKPINK appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to perform their 2nd full album’s title track “Shut Down”. The performance caused disappointment due to the poor camerawork and stage lighting. However, that is not the reason why fans were calling out Jimmy Kimmel.


Before BLACKPINK took the stage with their performance, Jimmy Kimmel made an introduction, saying, “This is the reason that all the kids are excited. From this album title ‘BORN PINK’, here’s the song ‘Shut Down’ by BLACKPINK.”

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By referring to BLACKPINK fans as “kids”, Jimmy Kimmel drew criticism for being disrespectful. BLACKPINK fans felt offended as they left comments:

  • I’m an adult. Stop calling me a kid
  • As if kids were those who bought all the albums and went to concerts
  • American hosts are so annoying. Do they really think only kids and teenagers like K-pop? 
  • I was immediately turned off by his comment. This is not the first time he disrespected a K-pop fandom. He never learns. 
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In fact, this is not the first time Jimmy Kimmel has come under fire for his controversial remarks related to K-pop idols and their fans. Back in January, while talking to “Emily In Paris” actress Ashley Park about BTS on Jimmy Kimmel Live, he offended BTS fans with what he said. 

As Ashley Park revealed she is an ARMY, Jimmy Kimmel said, “You have to be careful with an ARMY because they could attack.


The actress’s cover of BTS’s hit song “Dynamite” was once shared on the Instagram account of BTS’s V and RM. She joked that her shocked reaction to that was not at all different from when she was diagnosed with Covid-19. Jimmy Kimmel then commented, “They’re both very dangerous. You’re lucky to come out of those alive.”

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In August, Stray Kids adult fans were also pissed off by a Billboard article. Accordingly, Billboard called the fans who attended Stray Kids’ concerts “teenagers and tweens”. 

Not just a particular fandom, but K-pop fans in general have repeatedly expressed their frustration at the misconception that all K-pop fans are underaged.

Source: koreaboo

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