BLACKPINK is being heavily criticized by the press and by netizens!
A couple of days ago, BLACKPINK attended Adidas event which also featured David Beckham, it was highly publicized for being an important event. However, many began reporting that BLACKPINK was late for the event and world star David Beckham had to wait for them.
BLACKPINK has reportedly been late for 20 minutes to the event, the press were waiting to see BLACKPINK and David Beckham interact, however, they had to wait because BLACKPINK didn’t arrive at time.
What made matters worse for BLACKPINK was their fans defending them and claiming the press and journalists were lying about the group being late despite various journalists [who attended the event[ outwardly expressing their disappointment with BLACKPINK tardiness and YG’s no-response attitude.
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Journalists who attended the event confirmed that BLACKPINK was indeed late, one particular Event Representative even says it’s a shame that event was overshadowed by reports of BLACKPINK tardiness.
The story broke out initially because the journalists who attended the event were reporting and releasing articles live because it was such a highly publicized event.
Some BLACKPINK fans claimed that there were two parts to the event but the actual organizers denied that and explained it was an open event with no first and second part. They were supposed to arrive at 11:55, but were 20 minutes late, fans continue to claim the girls actually waited for David Beckham when in reality, due to being late, David Beckham left the stage and he was called back and it took a while to get him back on stage because he had already left.
Pannchoa released a detailed report that challenges fans’ excuses for BLACKPINK; you can read about it here.
Basically, journalists who were updating live from the event kept releasing articles in real time as BLACKPINK were late for the event; some journalists even refused to wait for them and left early.
While being late isn’t truly a crime or that big of a deal YG’s action or non-action in this case plus how the members reacted after being criticized is gaining them even more hate and distain from the general Korean public.
It wouldn’t have escalated if the agency just apologized for being late [on the spot or just later] or if they released a statement clarifying the girls weren’t late if indeed they weren’t.
BLACKPINK members kept posting pictures on their instagram accounts whilst they were being heavily criticized for being unprofessional for the way they handled this matter.
Some of Korean articles headlines read:
Blackpink, are they the 21st century’s pretentious ristocrats?
YG again? Manners maketh man
“Universal star” BlackPink in a controversy again, let’s not forget YG
BlackPink Jennie, leisurely releases picture “No apology for tardiness”
BlackPink tardiness controversy, let’s not apologize, but let’s post on IG
BlackPink Jennie, no apology over tardiness –> constantly updates IG “Controversial”
“Unapologetic” BlackPink, you have to love our power trip too
“NO to apology, YES to SNS” BlackPink Jennie, showing off whereabouts
The agency’s way of handling this brought out even more reports of BLACKPINK being late to previous events. During a past event, Comedian Jang Do Yeon had to kill time on stage whilst receiving an award for fashion because BLACKPINK was late; she asked if the girls had arrived [and was tolf no], she ended up on stage for three solid minutes doing funny bits to stall time; you can watch her talk about this below:
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What are your thoughts on this?