BLACKPINK fans otherwise known as BLINKS are rejoicing as another victory has been won for the K-pop fandom. On 28th May, Malaysian singer-rapper Namewee (黃明志)’s song “You Know Who Is My Father?” incited BLINKS’ rage.
The backlash started when fans noticed a line in Namewee’s lyrics that “disrespected” the group. After weeks of spamming the comments and reporting the music video, YouTube has finally taken it down. The controversial artist isn’t backing down completely however as he recorded a reply for BLINKS.
The rallying cry to shut down the video was fueled by the theme of respecting women and respecting BLACKPINK. Namewee claimed that the song was supposed to be about the European cup and the life of rich folks in Malaysia. However, fans were more focused on the line “Always look at BLACKPINK and masturbate”. The line caused fans to spam the comments and report the music video. Eventually, YouTube removed the video which had over 5 million views. As Namewee said, “You win! You win liao!”
The controversial artist took the chance to explain his side of the story. Namewee stated he loved the K-pop group too and quick to show off some dance moves he learned from their songs. “Of course I respect them!” he exclaimed. According to Namewee, the video was meant to showcase the “patterns and lifestyle” of “the sons of Datuks”. “There is nothing to do with respecting women or respecting BLACKPINK,” he stated. “I don’t know why you (are) so angry?”
Although the original music video was taken down, the lyric video still remains. Namewee also uploaded a “revised version” on 15th June. The line was changed to “Always look at Black Pimp. Always masturbating.” Additionally, he made it clear that the song was focused on the European cup.
Namewee acknowledged that the song was taken down because of BLINKS but did not intend to apologise for it. “We have made many changes to it, not because we admitted that we were wrong, but we want the work to be seen by more people, so we must first avoid those “faeces“…” he wrote in his post on Facebook.
BLINKS may have successfully removed Namewee’s video from YouTube, however it is uncertain if they actually ‘won’. Namewee may have conceded the loss of his 5 million views video but has yet to offer an apology, as demanded by BLINKS.
You could perhaps term this as a pyrrhic victory; neither side truly won.
Watch Namewee’s response video here: