Statue of Hindu deity removed from Blackpink’s record-smashing video after complaints
Some fans had pointed out that the use of Lord Ganesha as a prop in a scene with group member Lisa in the How You Like That music video was “highly disrespectful”.
Blackpink’s comeback single, How You Like That, was released on Jun 26 and the accompanying video smashed records by taking under 12 hours to hit 50 million views – eclipsing BTS’ previous effort of over 13 hours.
However, the group and its management YG Entertainment, quickly received complaints from fans who took offense at the use of a Hindu deity in the video.
In one brief scene featuring group member Lisa rapping, a statue of Lord Ganesha was used as a prop and placed on the floor.
Fans, including Indian K-pop fans, to social media to demand it be removed.
One person tweeted: “It is highly disrespectful… All we want is to remove that scene from the MV & official apology.”
Hashtags #Ganesha and #YGapologise also began trending over the incident.
The good news is that the fans' movement for change has worked and the image has now been removed from the video. And it was done without the need to re-upload the clip.
According to Allkpop, YG Entertainment contacted YouTube for permission to change the video without losing the analytics and thus the record-breaking numbers.
Fans are happy with the outcome, with one person tweeting, “this is all thanks to all the BLINKS and mature people from other fandoms who took the time to mass email instead of dragging Lisa.”
Watch the edited video here: