Malaysian singer-rapper Namewee (黃明志) has done it again! The controversial artist has never been afraid of putting his own opinion out there. However, this time, has he bitten off more than he can chew?
His latest song, “You Know Who Is My Father?” has incited the rage of K-pop group BLACKPINK’s fans. A single line in his lyrics has “disrespected” the group and is causing a huge backlash.
Namewee released his latest song last Friday (28th May) on his social media. The song “You Know Who Is My Father?” was made in collaboration with an online casino platform called me88. It supposedly parodies how rich men in Malaysia behave and in the music video, Namewee tries to impress two women to portray that. The rapper commented on his video saying, “The moral of the song: Don’t play play (mess) with rich people, they can PIAK (hit) your face anytime they want, even in the steamboat restaurant…”
The song which has a mix of Mandarin, English and Malay, contains the line, “Always look at BLACKPINK and masturbate.” This line alone has caused Namewee to come under fire from BLACKPINK fans, aka Blinks, for the past few days. Other netizens have found his lyrics offensive, claiming he has sexualised women both in the lyrics and in the video.
Netizens have been spamming the comment section of his YouTube video and Instagram with vomiting and poop emojis. Some have also left scathing comments, demanding the rapper respect the girl group. “Respect women. Respect BLACKPINK!” one comment said. Another thundered, “Delete the video! Don’t ever speak (about) BLACKPINK again!” Others demanded he apologise to the group. One Instagram user remarked, “The parody is sexualising (BLACKPINK). This shouldn’t (be called) a parody. This is stupid. He is literally a (grown) man (so there) is no need to write songs that sexualise people.”
Namewee’s song has been spread to international fans, with many calling on Blinks to report the video. One Facebook user shared the song in a BLACKPINK group saying, “He really disrespected BLACKPINK! He’d better delete this video or he’ll go to jail! You’ve messed with the wrong fandom, bro!”
However, the singer has not been left high and dry. Some of Namewee’s fans are attempting to fight back, claiming it was “just Malaysian culture“. Other have made fun of Blinks, thanking them for boosting Namewee’s views. Yet there are those who are on the fence. One comment on YouTube stated they feel Namewee was “careless” as he did not need to mention BLACKPINK per se in his lyrics.
While Namewee may not have meant to start a fandom war, the damage has been done. The singer has not directly addressed the various threats and demands. BLACKPINK themselves have not commented on the matter.
Check out his music video and judge it for yourself here:
Despite the backlash from BLINKs, Namewee doesn’t seem bothered by it. In fact, he even thanked them for contributing more views to his video. To add salt to the wound, he even quote the lyrics to “How You Like That”. Here’s what he wrote: