Nepal | July 05, 2020

Indian BLINKs don’t like it much: BLACKPINK’s How You Like That MV under fire for disrespecting Hindu deity Ganesha

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

KATHMANDU: K-pop girl group BLACKPINK released their pre-single How You Like That on June 26 and smashed records, but the MV for the track and their label YG Entertainment are under fire from Indian BLINKs for disrespecting their culture and religion.

According to kpopstarz, in the music video Indian fans noticed that during one of Lisa’s scene, she is sitting on a throne while a statue of the Hindu deity Ganesha is seen next to her on the ground.

Photo Courtesy: Blackpin/facebook

The Indian fans were upset to see the statue of Ganesha on the floor, which they deemed is extremely disrespectful to a deity as Hindus believe that statues of deities should always be kept in high places and never touch the floor. Additionally Lisa is also seen wearing sneakers in the scene, which is also disrespectful.

They are also upset the statue was used as a prop in general as fans are tired of idols using Hinduism as an aesthetic. Oh My Girl was under fire for using pieces of Indian culture as accessories for the KCON:TACT 2020 SUMMER performance.

Though Indian fans also levelled cultural appropriation accusations, but other fans do not think of it as appropriating Indian culture, as Ganesha is worshipped in Thailand as well, under the name Phra Phikanesuan. In Thailand, Ganesha is also depicted as the emblem of the Thai Department of Fine Arts, and also of Thailand’s first prominent fine arts academy, Silapakorn University.

Indian fans began trending #Ganesha and #YGapologise, demanding action to rectify the scenes in the MV. Fans have also cleared up that they are not blaming Lisa, but want a response and apology from YG.

As of now, YG has not responded to the concerns.

BLACKPINK debuted in 2016 and was an instant success with their debut song BOOMBAYAH. The group is the highest-charting female K-Pop act on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200. They are also the first and only K-Pop girl group to enter and top the Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart and was also the first female K-Pop group to have four number-one singles on the Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart. They are the most subscribed music group on YouTube. — HNS

 


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

World Bank elevates Nepal to ‘lower middle income economy’

Country saw its GNI per capita rise to $1,090 in 2019, but economists says it doesn’t mean much in terms of development KATHMANDU, JULY 3 Nepal is now officially a lower-middle income country, an upgrade from its previous status as low income nation, according to the World Bank’s latest coun Read More...

Kailali's Bhajani Municipality, Joshipur Rural Municipality inundated

KAILALI, JULY 3 Bhajani and Joshipur of Kailali have been inundated after floodwaters gushed into the settlements. According to eyewitnesses, many houses in Wards 2, 3, 6 and 8 of Bhajani Municipality have been inundated. Local Ganga Chaudhary said floodwaters from local Kandra and Kadha ri Read More...

Ministry develops guidelines for rehab centres

KATHMANDU, JULY 3 The Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens has developed guidelines for operation of rehabilitation centres to ensure that vulnerable persons at the centres do not contract COVID-19. MoWCSC said the new guidelines would be effective until Nepal was declared coronavir Read More...

Nepali Congress Ram Chandra Paudel

Country pushed into crisis: Paudel

DAMAULI, JULY 3 Senior Nepali Congress leader Ramchandra Paudel said sudden prorogation of the Parliament was unfortunate for the nation. “At a time when the nation is fighting a deadly disease, the decision to prorogue the Parliament has pushed the country further into the crisis,” said t Read More...

Holding centre in Khotang

KHOTANG, JULY 3 A 10-bed holding centre has been established in Diktel, the district headquarters of Khotang, for returnees. According to Chief District Officer and District COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre coordinator Shaligram Sharma Poudel, Nepali Army personnel and Red Cross staff jointly Read More...

Visit Nepal 2020 mascot, yeti

Former Visit Nepal secretariat seeks more budget from Tourism Ministry

KATHMANDU, JULY 3 Even after the government has scrapped the secretariat of the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign, the secretariat has submitted more unpaid bills to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA). Addressing a press meet today to unveil the ministry’s work progress dur Read More...

ADB country chief Kenichi Yokohama inspects Gautam Buddha International Airport in Lumbini

Tourism infrastructure development continues

KATHMANDU, JULY 3 Although the country is in a lockdown, infrastructure development activities under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) have continued. Organising a press meet today, Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai unveiled the progress report of infrastructure deve Read More...

917 Nepalis rescued

KATHMANDU, JULY 3 The government which has been rescuing stranded Nepalis abroad repatriated 917 Nepali citizens and two dead bodies today through six different chartered flights. As per the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) office based at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Nepal A Read More...