Blackpink finds themselves in panda diplomacy storm
The superstar K-pop group Blackpink has found itself in hot water in China. But it has nothing to do with politics; it’s all about pandas. The girl group posted a video of them touching the panda bears without wearing a mask or gloves. The China Wildlife Conservation Association, the country’s semi-official wildlife conservation association, issued a statement demanding the zoo stop such commercial activities and not air the video. In China, the video drew fierce criticism online as people complained that the group had put the bear at risk of disease. Panda keepers and feeders are prohibited from wearing jewelry and makeup when touching the animals. In the clip, Blackpink member Jennie was
New masculinity causes stir in China
The removal of a boy band as the marketing face of a marathon has prompted a debate about masculinity in China. Hangzhou, an eastern city in China, pulled posters that featured the seven-person boy band S.K.Y. after runners said the idols were “not masculine enough” to represent the event.  The posters were released by the Hangzhou Marathon Committee on Monday ahead of the November 22 event. In the poster, the idols, dressed in casual suits with dyed hair and full facial makeup, were photographed next to the caption “running towards your youth.”  As soon as the posters and advertisements were posted, runners went online to vent their anger, calling the group “unfit” to represent a marathon.
BTS face trial by Chinese social media over RM’s Korean War comments
K-pop group BTS has been targeted on Chinese social media over comments made about the Korean war, prompting some major brands to drop references to the band in online advertising. There was an angry reaction after the boy band’s leader RM told an awards ceremony that the South Korean band would always remember the country’s “history of pain” and shared “sacrifices” with the United States. The war began 70 years ago when North Korea invaded the South. A US-led coalition then joined the conflict on the side of the South, pushing the North’s troops back to the Chinese border, which prompted China to intervene on behalf of its communist ally. The conflict, which went on for three years, is offi
K-pop star ‘liked’ a tweet about Hong Kong. His Chinese fans are not amused
K-pop singer Choi Siwon — from the popular boy band Super Junior — has apologized to his 16 million Chinese fans for “liking” a post on Twitter about the Hong Kong protests. Choi, 33, liked – and later unliked – a Tweet from the South Korean newspaper Chosun on Sunday which linked to an interview with Chow Pak-kwan, the 21-year-old Hong Kong protester who was shot by a police officer at point-blank range on November 11.  Mainland internet users called for Choi to leave Super Junior. He is another public figure from the Asian entertainment world who has sparked an online backlash from nationalistic Chinese over alleged support for the anti-government protests in Hong Kong. Many commenters on