18+ Controversies 7 Years into Their Debut: Is BLACKPINK Growing Up and Trying to Break Free From K-pop Idol Image?

Recent controversies surrounding Lisa and Jennie have raised questions about BLACKPINK’s image

Recently, BLACKPINK’s Lisa and Jennie have found themselves at the center of debates that are challenging the essence of their identity as K-pop idols. As BLACKPINK continues to mature, it seems like they are determined to shed the traditional K-pop idol image.

One of the most striking aspects of these controversies is the lack of interference from YG Entertainment. BLACKPINK’s unprecedented global success has given the members more autonomy in their solo activities. In their seventh year, Jennie and Lisa personally made bold decisions that have drawn both support and criticism.

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Lisa’s performances at the Crazy Horse cabaret, a venue known for its strip shows, sparked a fierce controversy. Her Crazy Horse shows were met with negative comments, with netizens questioning the appropriateness of her choice. 

Social media was abuzz with comments suggesting that Lisa’s actions might negatively influence her young fans. Even though Lisa was not topless like other dancers during her performances, the unconventional nature of her act left many disappointed.

Amidst the controversy, Lisa continued to share updates about her performances at Crazy Horse, while other members attended the shows to show their support, clearly unfazed by the uproar.

Jennie, on the other hand, made her acting debut in “The Idol” at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. The series garnered attention due to its star-studded cast, including Lily-Rose Depp, The Weeknd, and Jennie. However, once released, the series received negative reviews, with critics criticizing its content and erotic scenes.


Jennie’s role as an ambitious dancer venturing into the entertainment industry sparked controversy from the first episode of the show due to her provocative dancing scene alongside a male dancer. Her character’s dialogue and daring outfit choices also drew criticism.

BLACKPINK’s journey has been marked by a departure from the traditional K-pop idol mold. They burst onto the scene with powerful hip-hop music and conveyed a message of girl power, confidence, and empowerment. 

Their distinct style sets them apart from the majority of the K-pop industry. After the success of “DDU-DU DDU-DU,” BLACKPINK’s international direction became even more evident. 

In light of these recent controversies, it appears that BLACKPINK is determined to assert themselves on the global stage and redefine their image, moving away from the traditional K-pop idol persona.

However, the criticisms and debates surrounding Lisa and Jennie are far from over, with some arguing that there is a fine line between artistry and vulgarity. 

Just as in past controversies over the last seven years, BLACKPINK has chosen to remain silent, allowing time to pass and making their mark through their new activities.

Ultimately, it seems unlikely that Lisa and Jennie’s bold decisions will convince the majority to oppose them. Many fans support the idea of “her body, her choice” and respect the decisions of their idols. 

It’s crucial to acknowledge BLACKPINK’s commitment to their craft beyond revealing outfits, even in the face of backlash. Amidst conflicting opinions, we still see Lisa confidently responding to anti-fans with “You’re not invited.” 

Source: K14

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