BLACKPINK has finally comeback with the track “How You Like That”. The music video offers vibrant colors, costumes and cultural imagery (like Arabian & Indian).
One can see Lord Ganesha’s statue placed in a what seems to be an Arabian market with bgm tune to ‘match’ it. This has started a conversation amongst the Indian fans and resulted in #YGApologise & #BLACKPINKApologise.
Blinks YG and their supporters let me clarify you that this is just not a mistake it's a cultural disrespect. What you've done is way more offensive even if you're of any religion. For us Indians and I believe for many other countries LORD GANESHA is religious diety.#ygapologize pic.twitter.com/z2WJRyaF8E
— Gargi Sharma (@Gargi_sharma_44) June 26, 2020
As an Indian, I've already said this and I'll say it again –
PLEASE RESPECT OTHER CULTURES KOREA FFS
If your awareness is just limited to preaching about respect and CA and then defending your faves for something clearly wrong, then educate yourself.#YGApologize #Ganesha pic.twitter.com/5BRaBROYf7
— joy~ (@channiestay) June 26, 2020
There are also threads by fans to explain and educate others on why it is wrong & why they’re hurt:
Ganesha Murti in BLACKPINK's music video. what's wrong with that? a thread of explanation. pic.twitter.com/ATEQvJLDMY
— ni⁷ ✨luvs bts (@taezzled) June 26, 2020
The use of the deity’s statue seems to have no artistic significance to the song or to the theme of the MV. It displays prop like behaviour.
Companies/Artists/Creators involved in the making of ignorant symbolisms need to do better. Someone’s culture, someone’s Deity is not a prop. This is an insensitive, disrespectful & highly ignorant act that should not be passed on blindly. We urge the company to address, acknowledge their mistake & learn! (YG Entertainment)
We urge fans to NOT be disrespectful towards anyone while expressing their opinion and please share ways we can bring this change.