“We don’t want BLACKPINK to get involved in political controversy” The reason why fans are angry
Fans are angry about the news that BLACKPINK has been invited to perform at the upcoming state banquet between South Korea and the United States.
The reason for BLACKPINK fans’ anger is that they believe the invitation is a ploy by Presidents Yoon Suk Yeol and Joe Biden to boost their low approval ratings by using the popularity of BLACKPINK. Fans are interpreting this move as an attempt to manipulate the entertainment industry for political gain.
YG Entertainment, BLACKPINK’s company, has confirmed that they received the invitation, but they have not yet made a decision regarding the performance. When asked about their position on the negative response from fans, YG declined to comment.
The controversy surrounding the invitation has only grown in intensity, as rumors have begun to circulate that the event may be linked to the recent replacement of Kim Sung Han, the Director of the National Security Office.
With less than a month left before President Yoon’s visit to the US, Kim Sung Han resigned on March 29th. The presidential office then announced that it would appoint Cho Tae Yong, ambassador to the United States, as the new chief of security.
Some speculate that Kim Sung Han was actually forced to resign due to his failure to report the proposed joint performance between BLACKPINK and Lady Gaga to President Yoon Suk Yeol.
During the process of coordinating President Yoon’s US state visit schedule, Biden proposed a joint performance by BLACKPINK and Lady Gaga at the security office, but the security office did not forward the report to President Yoon, causing him to be disappointed and firing Director Kim as a punitive measure.
However, this claim has been met with criticism from some politicians, who argue that the planning of events like this is usually up to the deputy chief of staff, not the national security adviser and foreign affairs secretary.
On March 30th, Representative Woo Sang Ho of the Democratic Party of Korea said, “If a national security adviser is replaced because of BLACKPINK and Lady Gaga, it would become a laughingstock worldwide.”
Some believe that the replacement of Kim Sung Han was due to internal conflicts between the office’s diplomatic and non-diplomatic staff. The situation has become so complicated that it is difficult to know exactly what is happening.
Nevertheless, BLACKPINK fans remain concerned that the group’s involvement in the event may cause even more political fallout.
“If the reason for Kim Sung Han’s dismissal was really because of BLACKPINK, then we should not accept this invitation. We don’t want to see our idols being used for political gain,” said one fan on social media.
Another fan pointed out that the group already has a busy schedule of world tours, and that they need time to rest, rather than taking on more engagements.
However, not all fans are against the idea of BLACKPINK performing at the banquet. Some see it as an opportunity for the group to represent K-pop on a global stage, and to showcase their talents to a wider audience.
“From one perspective, this is a historic event, and it’s an honor for BLACKPINK to be chosen as the representative of K-pop. Performing at such an event is something to be proud of,” said one fan.
In any case, it is clear that the invitation has sparked a heated debate among BLACKPINK fans, and that the controversy surrounding the event is unlikely to die down anytime soon. It remains to be seen whether or not the group will accept the invitation, and how the situation will develop in the coming weeks.