Blackpink’s Jennie SLAMMED by fans for wearing cornrows in HBO’s ‘The Idol’ teaser

As fans geared up for Blackpink’s long-awaited comeback, the news of Jennie making her solo debut seems to have caught the attention of Blinks (Blackpink fans). The members of Blackpink are filming the music video for their upcoming August comeback that fans are surely looking forward to, but the internet is blown away by Jennie’s appearance in the teaser for HBO’s upcoming original show ‘The Idol’. . On July 17, the trailer for the 2022 HBO original show “The Idol” was released where fans noticed idol Jennie transforming into an actress. But just like everything else that K-pop idols do are scrutinized by fans, the teaser was also scrutinized very carefully, where the idol was found wearing cornrows.

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Now Jennie’s fans are calling her out for cultural appropriation for the second time. The trailer for HBO’s original show ‘The Idol’ featured Blackpink’s Jennie as well as American singer Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) in the lead role with actor Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp. Fans also got a glimpse of singer Troye Sivan in the show’s trailer directed and co-produced by Sam Levinson, who directed “Euphoria” on HBO. According to HBO, the six-episode drama “set against the backdrop of the music industry and centers on a self-help guru and modern-day cult leader who develops a complicated relationship with a music idol. rising pop.”

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Blackpink’s Jennie slammed for wearing cornrows

Just with the release of a 30-second teaser, Blackpink’s Jennie is already getting a lot of negative attention. Fans are criticizing Jennie for appropriating black culture, as she sports cornrows despite being raised in New Zealand. In a snap clip from the upcoming show’s teaser, Jennie can be spotted with a group of other cast members from the show as she appears to be going through a dance routine as part of an idol group . The clip shows Jennie in big cornrows and it doesn’t sit well with many K-pop fans.

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It’s not the first time Jennie has been called out for appropriating a culture not her own when she was found making fun of Indian/Desi culture in 2019 as she was seen mocking the Indian Bharatnatyam dance form in a behind-the-scenes video for Blackpink’s song, “Kill This Love.” At the time, Jennie was also called out for wearing a maangtika while other members of Blackpink have been mocked for appropriating Indian culture on several occasions. Prior to Jennie, Lisa was also embroiled in a cultural appropriation controversy, when she sported box braids for the performance video for her 2021 debut solo B-side single, “Money.”

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‘Girl, it’s 2022 and we still doing this?’

Over the years, many K-pop idols have been called out for not being respectful of the different cultures that exist and now that K-pop has gone global, fans are upset with Jennie for not being responsible enough. before she appears with the hairstyle. . One fan said, “Jennie doesn’t do that wearing cornrows in the idol…blackpink will really never learn.” Another fan said, “Jennie girl why do you have braids in your hair?? They look tight too! As a girl it’s 2022 and we still doing this??” Another fan said, “Jennie wearing cornrows in big old 2022 lol imagine how tired we are.” One fan said, “Blackpink jennie wearing cornrows (again), repeat offender!”

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One fan defended himself, “So some people are trolling Jennie for wearing ‘cornrows’ (which the stylist gave her since she’s in a role). I’m in no position to say it’s offensive or not since I am not a black person but it is not appropriate to use cultural appropriation as a weapon to defend the artist against his fans who also use cultural appropriation to defend their favorites. But one fan scoffed, “People saying ‘Jennie looks so good’ seeing her in the cornrows is the most racist thing you can do, why do you worry about her looks more than the makes it wrong nothing wrong with saying that Jennie looks good but you know it’s cultural appropriation and yet you decide to hype it.”

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One fan shouted, “But when you do bullshit like that, it’s painfully obvious that you don’t care about the issue at hand, you just want to get away from the fact that Jennie purposely wore cornrows. It won’t work.” Another fan slammed: “You’re all stupid.. stop trying to defend this GROWN ass woman, jennie is old enough to know not to wear cornrows, mf saw her members get called out for that and she still decided to wear them, and apparently she said she LOVED them?!” Another fan wondered, “I can’t believe this…fans spoke to one of the CA members and cultural hair IN THEIR FACE and Jennie is now wearing cornrows? HOW? WHY? It’s just sad. And don’t try to talk to anyone who will be rightfully offended by the way.”

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James C. Tibbs