Although fans enjoyed the in-depth interviews with the girls of BLACKPINK for Rolling Stone magazine, a recent article by Rolling Stone Korea has left fans upset by referring to the members Jisoo and Lisa in a manner BLINKs called “disrespectful.”
Causing the phrase “Apologize To Jisoo” to trend on Twitter, the article attempted to praise Jisoo’s growth as a vocalist in a way that downplayed her talent as a K-Pop idol and lead vocalist. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the only part that angered fans.
Although she does not possess the most outstanding talent in the group as a vocalist or dancer, her growth is much more apparent.
— Rolling Stone Korea
When speaking of what drew fans to Lisa, the way they referred to the idol’s appearance touched on a sensitive issue, especially since Lisa has been the target of racist attacks in the past because of her Thai ethnicity. Fans also trended the phrase “Apologize To Lisa” to call out the word choice of “exotic” and “kinks” to describe a foreigner as “racist” and “xenophobic.”
The unique presence of Lisa, created by her overpowering physical charm and exotic appearance…highlight her identity as a solo artist.
…her pronunciation in those songs is natural enough to prevent the listener from sensing any kinks from the foreign member of the group.
— Rolling Stone Korea
Due to fans’ cries of “disrespect” toward Jisoo and Lisa, fans noticed that Rolling Stone Korea updated the article by removing the sentences that upset fans. Despite the changes, BLINKs are still demanding a formal apology.
what rolling stone said to jisoo was just unprofessional. jisoo is undoubtedly one of the most hardworking idols i know that despite being the sickest she's ever been, she still gives off her best at ALL TIMES.
have some respect to her name.
APOLOGIZE TO JISOO pic.twitter.com/o0ptNSN1uF
— ✦ (@jisoophoric) July 11, 2022
using ‘EXOTIC’ just because she’s a foreigner? what is this? the racism? as if the h*te she receives daily on social media wasn’t enough, this is embarrassing and so unprofessional.
APOLOGIZE TO LISA pic.twitter.com/vmaF28e7Od
— ً (@GIRL0VESICK) July 11, 2022
Xenophobic comments with Lisa and disparaged Jisoo as if she was only part of the bp for being pretty. She worked hard to get into the group and no one can deny that, it's always an old korean man who tries to put girls down and doesn't accept that they are dominating everything. https://t.co/8cEcnSozw9
— Beyoncé (@magalbossthings) July 11, 2022
Rolling Stone Korea has yet to make an announcement addressing the issue.