K-netizens Re-examine Interactions Between BLACKPINK and BTS’s RM and Murakami After Controversial Collab by NewJeans

The use of the character from their collaboration with Murakami as the Japanese album cover caused controversy for NewJeans. This is due to the fact that the Murakami flower holds a significant meaning related to the tragic events of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


Following the controversy, several other netizens brought up the fact that this was not the first instance of Murakami being involved in collaborations. An article on theqoo mentioned that BLACKPINK had also teamed up with Murakami in the past to create a unique version of their lightstick and a range of merchandise including T-shirts and keyrings.

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blackpink takashi murakami
blackpink takashi murakami

Furthermore, RM, the leader of BTS, is renowned for being a fan of Murakami’s artworks and has even attended the artist’s exhibition.

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As a reply, additional netizens left comments:

Despite BLACKPINK and BTS’s RM also facing criticism in the past, it seems that the same issues are being brought up again solely to defend NewJeans.

Despite having previously faced criticism for this same issue, BLACKPINK is once again being dragged into controversy.

“Despite attending the exhibition, he never actually collected any artworks. They were simply promotional pieces. In reality, it is another member who is a fan of Murakami’s works. I fail to comprehend why RM is receiving criticism.”

Many names are being dragged into this to protect NewJeansㅋㅋㅋㅋ However, I can see through your intentions clearly. I will not be deceived.

The image on the album cover remains permanent, but in the case of BLACKPINK, it is only a temporary collaboration.

“Oh my goodness, did he really go to the artist’s studio?”

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