BLACKPINK’s interview with Hits 97.3 radio program SOFLO Morning Show gained much attention from K-Pop fans due to Jennie’s statement about “opening the doors for other artists to spread their music.”
Jennie: "We wish to be the group who opens up the doors for other artist to spread their music, bc music is not just for your own country", they're so humble pls🥺 @BLACKPINK pic.twitter.com/236BvIpiiK
— rafy🦋⁷ (@jentlemoni) September 11, 2020
Some fans felt that there were already other K-Pop artists that “paved the way” for K-Pop to the world and that was how BLACKPINK had the opportunity to make it globally.
Many began to spam Jennie’s Instagram account with comments asking what doors they have paved when it was already paved for them by someone else.
now they are on Jennie's instagram too… the way she most probably reads the comments… go leave positive comments blinks pic.twitter.com/8owsfAN83k
— bp antis struggle tweets🍦 (@bpantistruggle) September 12, 2020
Imagine saying that when the doors are already open by a group that does write their songs and does something and has not bragged about it in all these years of work, they already had a paved road. Embarrassing pic.twitter.com/WUr7orQBbT
— Ｎｏａ ⁷ 🐨 ʲᵒᵒᶰᶤᵉ ᵈᵃʸ (@soft_honeypie) September 12, 2020
Others left comments showing all the other K-Pop groups that have stated that BTS had paved the way for them, giving them the opportunity to go overseas.
It already opened by BTS. Hello? pic.twitter.com/mK6seFdeOd
— Laira⁷- HBD Joon, Our Best Leader (@Laira_BTSOT7) September 12, 2020
While many criticized her statement, others showed support to the group, stating that she did not try to discredit anyone and that their group has been genuinely working hard in order to get where they are today.
We did not said that BLACKPINK PAVED THE WAY but instead we said Blackpink paved THEIR OWN way☺️
— 🍦Jensha🍦 (@KimJesha3) September 13, 2020
no one said blackpink paved the way for kpop worldwide. nevermind their "first" and "only" titles because people will discredit them anyway. BUT BLACKPINK PAVED THEIR OWN WAYS and is trying to slowly make a way for other kpop artists like how BTS did.
— unbothered (@bestofbp4) September 13, 2020
They felt that fans had gone too far in that BLACKPINK has worked hard in their own way to try and become an influence to others.
this is making me so mad because the girls said nothing bad and our fandom is crossing the limits by literally spamming their comments with "BTS PAVED THE WAY", that's too far.
— — 𝐒 ⁷ 🦋 | JUNNIE DAY!! (@galaxyjooniie) September 12, 2020
Fans argue that “paving the way” means to make progress and make it easier for others. What do you think about BLACKPINK’s statement and how did you interpret it?
The meaning of “paving the way” is to make progress, to make things better & easier for someone. To make things possible. @BTS_twt made progress for the Kpop world, made it better, easier, & possible to break that barrier. They did this with humility & honor. BTS PAVED THE WAY💜 pic.twitter.com/uHjGivcPDq
— celeste⁷ (@celeste134340) September 13, 2020
Watch the full interview below!