How You Like That: BLACKPINK under fire after a Ganesh statue was found beside Lisa in K pop band's new MV

BLACKPINK released their comeback song How You Like That on Friday. The K-pop band, comprising of Lisa, Jennie, Jisoo and Rosé, are being slammed by Indians for cultural misappropriation in their music video.
How You Like That: BLACKPINK under fire after a Ganesh statue was found beside Lisa in K pop band's new MVHow You Like That: BLACKPINK under fire after a Ganesh statue was found beside Lisa in K pop band's new MV
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BLACKPINK might be breaking records with How You Like That but not all fans are happy with the music video. The Korean music video has garnered over 115 million views on YouTube and beating BTS to record the biggest premiere on the streaming platform. The new song oozes power as Lisa, Jennie, Jisoo and Rosé burn the dance floor with their versatility and bawse lady attitude. But the girl pop band has landed in controversy after Indian viewers pointed cultural misappropriation in their comeback music video. 

Several Indian users pointed out that there was a statue of Lord Ganesha placed in an Arabic market set up in the video. The split-second appearance of the statue comes as Lisa sings her lines, seated on a piece of furniture set in the scene. The use of the idol as a prop hasn't gone down well with Indian viewers. 

Several online users have slammed the girl band and YG Entertainment for it. "Blackpink placing a Ganesha statue ON THE GROUND next to an Aladdin lamp in a so called "Arab market" scene...when we say y'all see South Asia as some sort of exoticised interchangeable other for aesthetic this is a prime example," a fan wrote on Twitter. 

"I'm so angry I never spread hate over here but @ygent_official @BLACKPINK @ygofficialblink Fuck you for using everything you can for aesthetics. That statue is of a Hindu God Ganesha and you do not use it like that!!!!! Do some research? Stop appropriating our culture were TIRED," a fan added. 

Check out a few more reactions here: 

While YG Entertainment is yet to address the controversy, the official fanbase of BLACKPINK fans in India has assured viewers that they have dropped emails and trying to reach out to the band for a statement. 

Do you think it was inappropriate for the makers to place the Ganesh idol in the How You Like That music video? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Anonymous 4 days ago

Blackpink or YG entertainment is not bigger than our Lord Ganesha. It is the fault of either blackpink or YG entertainment. We don't care. But they disrespect our Indian culture, our God. If any Indian is also supporting them now. Then just think that they are not our first priority. We are INDIAN. And nobody is bigger or above than our God. Stop liking them bcoz they put our God under them. God made us not they. Lisa is sitting on the chair and our God is on the floor. That's the very worst thing Indians can ever see.

Anonymous 5 days ago

such a disgusting thing to do. f**k y'all and your mindsets of thinking of south asian culture as simply an eye pleasing aesthetic.

Anonymous 5 days ago

To say the artists are entirely not at fault might be too forgiving. During the shooting, I'm sure the artists involved must hv walked through or passed by the set a few times. Even to shoot the scene may have taken a few takes. Lisa (who is a Thai) surely must hv noticed the statue on the floor near the chair that she sat. Even if she might not know the name of the statue, most Southeastern ppl can recognize a Hindu statue and she should hv raised some questions to the production staff/crew. She's not new in the music industry. In this issue, both the label company and artists should make a public apology for disrespecting a religion.

Anonymous 6 days ago

Yes of course it's not the fault of the girls but since BP is working with YG some people are blaming them too but clearly it's seriously YG's fault, I am an army, I am not much into blackpink but still I am an Hindu n it disgusted me, cuz we worship him as our God, and who dares to put the Statue on the ground? So seriously I think YG ENTERTAINMENT should apologize but I don't think they ever would

Anonymous 7 days ago

As many of u tell it's not black pink's fault..which I kinda agree... But its time yg should do something about it...u can't just ignore this..it triggers us even more...rather than apologize and correct mistake they are not DOING any thing.....

Anonymous 1 week ago

I am perfectly sure they didn't intend it to be offensive to anyone...While mv making was explained, Lisa said she is in a street market..And it's also common in Indian street shops which sell the idols of gods..they also wear shoes and sit on chairs in their shops with idols kept on the floor....Please understand...they are In No Way being disrespectful...

Anonymous 1 week ago

Many ppl saw it as a market in a middle east setting? The arch doorway at the back, the aladdin lamp.. at one glance, it looks like somewhere in an Arab country, except they mixed the deco with Indian culture.

Anonymous 1 week ago

I understand what you are saying but the main reason the 'statues' are kept like that is because the sellers are poor and can't afford to keep them on a better place. They are trying to earn a living by selling them. But in big Mandirs we always keep our shoes outside before entering the grounds and the statue is always above us. Hope you u understand

Anonymous 1 week ago

Are you literally defending them now?!!! I know it is not blackpink fault but it is still YG fault!! If you don't know about someone's culture don't use them as your damn prop

Anonymous 1 week ago

We understand that..but atleast they have a responsibility to check around their surroundings. I dont think anyone would be happy to see their god being disrespected right. Being a blink myself, i find this as a fault, but it really is not Blackpink's fault, just YG's. I hope its taken into consideration

Anonymous 1 week ago

It's not blackpink fault So please stop blaming them It's YG entertainment fault

Anonymous 1 week ago

Didn't u read the whole article? It's already stated a lot of times that Indian blinks aren't blaming blackpink for anything...they just telling that YG should have had done a research upon it cuz it looks like they are disrespectful to the Indian culture which really hurts all of us and as clearly said above 'we blame YG for using the idol as an asthetic and not blackpink'.Just wanted to tell u that.

Anonymous 1 week ago

Of course if it's not their fault atleast they should take responsibility ..they can't just do nothing...they r triggering us even more...

Anonymous 1 week ago

Of course if it's not their fault atleast they should take responsibility ..they can't just do nothing...they r triggering us even more...

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