BLACKPINK is undoubtedly one of the biggest K-Pop idol groups in the world. Yet, with so much success, it isn’t surprising that their global fame means that they are often the target of “hate” and “criticism.”
Yet, YouTube channel TwoSet Violin has come under fire for allegedly “Bullying” BLACKPINK in their latest track, “Sell Out.”
TwoSet Violin is a musical comedy duo consisting of Australian violinists Brett Yang and Eddy Chen. The pair is best known for their musical comedy on their YouTube channel. Although they are known for their comedic videos, BLINKs took offense to a recent video called “Sell Out,” which was a parody of the group’s song “Shut Down.”
In the song, the duo is using a sample from well-known composer Niccolò Paganini‘s famous piece “La Campanella,” which was used in “Shut Down.” In the opening bars, the video seems to focus on an artist gaining fame and then losing themselves by using the same two bars in a song, which is seen in “Shut Down.”
The song then directly went on to mention “K-Pop Queens,” and many believed that when they said, “You better think twice,” the emphasis on the final word was also referencing the K-Pop girl group TWICE.
There were references to selling souls to labels, the principles of art being lost with fame, lyrics, and the idea of “Brand deals.” For many, this was a direct criticism of the BLACKPINK members, who are known for being global ambassadors for some of the biggest luxury brands.
There was also a direct reference to Lisa‘s solo track “Money.”
The track was released on music platforms and many saw the similarities between the cover of “Sell Out” and BLACKPINK’s covers for Born Pink.
When the song was released, many netizens and supporters of the YouTube channel explained that it was just a “parody” and “light-hearted” because it is what they do. Yet, others were not so impressed.
In particular, BLINKs believed it was disrespectful to the group, adding it was not only demeaning to the group but the lyrics seemed misogynistic. Others pointed out that it was using four women who have faced misogyny in a country that still seems to have patriarchal views of society.
“It is all done lightheartedly. It’s a parody.”
To the writers, producers, and everyone who are involved in the creation and production of this song, and to people buying their lame excuse and defending them— YOU ARE THE JOKE. DISGUSTING. @TwoSetViolin pic.twitter.com/yXj98YEq92
— BLΛCKPIИK GLOBAL (@BLACKPINKGLOBAL) October 23, 2022
using four women who face misogyny daily in a male-dominated industry AND deeply patriarchal country, defacing their success like this in the name of a ‘parody’ is absolutely disgusting
you got male privilege and still don’t have an ounce of BP’s success, worry about that 😭
— jichu (@jichunie_) October 23, 2022
For the @TwoSetViolin's supporters. Here's a thread of explanation as to why blackpink's fans are upset about their song.
— 𝐕𝐢𝐯𝐢 (@livelyviha) October 23, 2022
Hello @SusanWojcicki, as a woman, is this form of “Art” lyrically pleasing to you? Uploaded on @YouTube by @TwoSetViolin, very demeaning, hurtful and mysoginistic towards @BLACKPINK. These ladies are hated everyday for being successful women,@TheWomensOrg pic.twitter.com/cFu1nPJKHw
— BLACKPINK BLINK UNION D-1 DALLAS (@BLACKPINK_BBU) October 23, 2022
Yet, the reason it has mixed views is that many comments on the YouTube video seemingly got the references. Rather than insulting the group, many viewers pointed out that it was about the composer Paganini, who was sampled in “Shut Down.”
Many classical music fans believe that Paganini was extremely talented and like a “rockstar.” However, many thought he had “sold his soul” by not living up to those expectations.
Others believe that the idea of this line and the “what a disgrace to art” was more targeted at the overall K-Pop industry rather than just BLACKPINK.
TwoSet Violin is yet to respond to the allegations and criticisms from BLACKPINK fans.