British Newspaper Under Fire For “Misogynistic” And “Offensive” Coverage Of BLACKPINK

“Just disgusting, misogynistic, and full on xenophobic.”

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BLACKPINK recently had the distinct honor of being recognized by England’s King Charles III for their global impact, earning the royal privilege of holding honorary titles as Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

(From left:) BLACKPINK’s Lisa, Rosé, Jisoo, and Jennie

BLACKPINK attended the South Korean-UK state banquet at Buckingham Palace on November 21, with 170 people in attendance, including the King of England, members of the royal family, and South Korea’s President and First Lady.

In King Charles III‘s speech before the dinner began, he heralded prominent figures in Korean entertainment, including BTS, Parasite director Bong Joon Ho, acknowledged the popularity of Squid Game, and gave each BLACKPINK member a special shout-out for their “role in bringing the message of environmental sustainability to a global audience as Ambassadors for the U.K.’s Presidency of COP 26, and later as advocates for the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

The BLACKPINK members made history, becoming the first K-Pop idols and non-British musicians to receive the honorary titles.

Each member has expressed their heartfelt gratitude for receiving the honorary title in posts made on their personal Instagram accounts.

Netizens have also celebrated the historic achievement, and today, many are coming to the BLACKPINK members’ defense after the British tabloid newspaper, Daily Mail, posted an article covering the achievement with what many consider an offensive and disrespectful headline.

The article, which features BLACKPINK at the forefront, begins by telling readers they have “probably never heard of BLACKPINK before [King Charles III] honored them” before stating that “starvation diets, daily weigh-ins” and a “huge pressure to have plastic surgery” left a “dark spectre” behind the global girl group.

Many netizens felt the headline wrongly implied that those were issues specifically relating to BLACKPINK when they were instead referencing other K-Pop idols’ stories from their trainee days and recollections from a former K-Pop trainee that were included within the article.

Netizens came to BLACKPINK’s defense, feeling it was unnecessary to shroud the group’s historic achievement with what many felt was a “misogynistic,” “slanderous,” “xenophobic,” and “offensive” headline with a misleading article.

Source: Town & Country

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