K-pop group BLACKPINK’s Jennie made her acting debut in the controversial HBO show The Idol to the dismay of many people on social media. Her sensual moves have raised quite a few eyebrows, however, fans of the K-pop idol as well as Korean netizens have rushed to the singer’s defence.
She plays the role of Dyanne, a backup dancer and friend of a struggling artist named Jocelyn, played by Lily-Rose Depp. She was introduced in the first episode of the series, in which she’s seen dancing with a group of men around her. The scene received a mixed response — with many criticising and slut-shaming her for being overly sensual — however, her army of fans have come through to defend and support her.
Some Twitter users called her the main highlight of the show.
A user pointed out that her dance scene has surpassed the views of The Idol’s teaser and trailer.
One said she deserves an award for her performance.
Netizens have been hating the show for its portrayal of women and sensitive topics, such as rape. However, Jennie’s fans tweeted saying that she shouldn’t be blamed for the narrative of the show.
Many pointed out that as an adult woman, it’s her choice what sort of role she wants to do. They ridiculed the industry’s “weird standards” for idols.
At the end of the day, Jennie is acting. People need to separate the actor from the show and realise that she and other performers should have the freedom to explore diverse roles and express their artistic abilities. It was her choice to take on this character, showcasing her versatility as an artist, and people should accept that. While people are entitled to their opinions, they need to remember the difference between constructive criticism and unwarranted abuse and hate.