Some Chinese BLINKs have gone wild over the recent post on BLACKPINK’s official Twitter.
On May 23rd, BLACKPINK’s Twitter posted a heartfelt note of gratitude in English, “We were deeply touched by our Macanese BLINKs this week. Thank you for all the heartfelt support. We are truly blessed to have you guys. 520 forever BLINKS.”
The post was accompanied by photos taken during their “BORN PINK” world tour held at the Macau Galaxy Arena on the 20th and 21st.
However, once the post was shared on Weibo, the choice of the term “Macanese” for referring to the fans in Macau sparked a backlash among some Chinese fans. The criticism primarily stemmed from the fact that Macau is a special administrative region of China and that “Macanese” is “a Portuguese word referring to the denizens living in the area, including the descendants of Portugal.”
Furthermore, among the translated comments on Weibo, some users expressed reactions directly stating, “BLACKPINK purposely replaced ‘Macanese’ for ‘Chinese’,” “Koreans continue to steal Chinese culture and try to challenge China,” and “YG needs to hire Chinese employees.”
Yet, it’s not uncommon for artists to address their audience based on the specific city or location of their performance. Despite this, the controversy led to the term “BLACKPINK greeting controversy” trending on Weibo, peaking at 8th on the real-time search.
We were deeply touched by our Macau BLINKs this week. Thank you for all the heartfelt support. We are truly blessed to have you guys. 520 forever BLINKs🖤💖#BLACKPINK #블랙핑크 #BORNPINK #BLACKPINK_WORLDTOUR #BLACKPINK_BORNPINK #MACAU #YG pic.twitter.com/ycVCqBY1mU
— BLACKPINKOFFICIAL (@BLACKPINK) May 29, 2023
In response to the uproar, BLACKPINK’s official Twitter account has since changed the term from “Macanese” to “Macau.”
Meanwhile, BLACKPINK has successfully wrapped up their world tour concerts in Bangkok at the Rajamangala National Stadium on May 27th and 28th. They are set to continue their world tour performances at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan, on the 3rd and 4th of next month.