BLACKPINK has been smashing records since the drop of their single ‘How You Like That’ and have been riding high after the success of their first full-length album, ‘The Album’. However, the girls have been embroiled in controversy following the release of the music video for ‘Lovesick Girls’, the title track of the album. In the music video, rapper Jennie is seen in a nurses outfit as she plays the dual role of a psychiatrist and a patient, appearing during the segment of the song that sings,
“No doctor could help when I’m lovesick,”
Since then, the Korean Health and Medical Workers Union released a statement saying that Jennie’s portrayal of the occupation was feeding various negative stereotypes of the job. Their statement, as translated by Soompi, reads:
“In a real hospital, not the ones in the media, nurses are fighting at the frontlines of Covid-19 and taking on the risk of infection for the safety and survival of the citizens.
There has been a climate of heroising nurses as well, but there are still those who call nurses with ‘hey’ or ‘young lady’ and let out their stress on them or exercise their power on them.
Furthermore, nurses are the healthcare workers who are the most frequently exposed to sexual abuse.
If the media continues to show a distorted image of nurses, situations like these will only get worse,”
Now, BLACKPINK’s label – YG Entertainment – has released a response to the controversy, agreeing to edit out the parts with Jennie in the nurses uniform. A statement by YG reads,
“We have ultimately decided to delete all scenes involving the nurse outfit in BLACKPINK’s ‘Lovesick Girls’ MV, and we plan on replacing the MV with the edited version as soon as possible.
We will take this opportunity to deeply reflect on the heavy responsibilities laid out before us through this issue, caused due to the fact that we were unable to predict the rise of such a controversy within the length of the MV’s production as there was no external intention whatsoever.
We would like to deeply apologize to nurses who felt discomfort from this issue. And once again, we deliver our sincerest feelings of respect toward all healthcare workers devoting themselves to the wellbeing of our nation. Thank you.”
However, netizens aren’t reacting well to the idea, stating that there was nothing inappropriate about Jennie’s nurse outfit in the video.
Jennie's outfit wasn't even that revealing and she was literally just sitting down. Knetzs with their problematic standard and mindset that even an outfit becomes an issue.
“Cause everybody sees what they wanna see, it’s easier to judge me than to believe” -BLACKPINK pic.twitter.com/mvQKliJLbU
— Anne (@_akiiii22) October 6, 2020
I'm a nursing student and of course I have a lot of nurse seniors. I asked them if they saw Jennie's outfit on LSG MV and they told me there's nothing wrong with it. Her outfit doesn't take away the relevance and significance of our profession.
— dar (@forlesyeux) October 4, 2020
CAN YOU GUYS TELL ME WHAT PART SEXUALIZED HERE? EVEN MY RELATIVE WHO'S HEAD NURSE WEAR THE EXACT UNIFORM. AND SHE DOESNT FIND THIS OFFENDING HER PROFESSION pic.twitter.com/rjS0vLdSEE
— ali (@liawantbp) October 6, 2020
What Jennie wore in the mv is a psychiatric nursing uniform. I dont know whats your problem bcs obviously its just how its supposed to look like and she did not show any cleavage or much skin, Jennie portrayed two roles which is a psychiatric nurse and a girl crazily lovesick. pic.twitter.com/PStJrjo0Jl
— ` n i n i (@BL4CKPINKisBEST) October 4, 2020
Nevertheless, YG Entertainment’s decision has been welcomed by the Korean Health and Medical Workers’ Union, who responded with:
“We welcome BLACKPINK’s decision to replace the video as soon as possible, a quick response befitting of the reputation of a global star. We hope that this incident will ring a bell of warning to all regarding the problematic climate in our society, which so easily sexualizes certain professions and certain groups, not just nurses.
The nurses of the Korean Health and Medical Workers’ Union will continue to fulfill our duties as soldiers against COVID19. Just as we have made efforts for the health of our nation’s people for the past 117 years of history, we will resume our roles as protectors of the nation’s health for the next 100 years.”
What do you think? Are they overreacting or is it a sound decision to remove the clips?