#BoycottBlackPink trends as their song plays at Olympics despite archers' request for BTS 'Dynamite'
Korean news outlets reported how the gold medal-winning archery team was left disappointed after organizers mistakenly played 'Boombayah' by Blackpink
The South Korean women's archery team had requested for the hit BTS song 'Dynamite' to be played after their win at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. However, organizers played a different tune by rival K-pop band Blackpink instead, sparking outrage on social media and calls to boycott the all-girl group.
Korean news outlets reported how the team which won the republic's ninth consecutive gold medal for the event was left disappointed after organizers mistakenly played 'Boombayah' by Blackpink. South Korean athlete Kang Chaeyoung told reporters at a post-match press conference, "We actually asked for BTS' song but there must have been a mistake."
Chaeyoung had reportedly told Korean outlets prior to the event that she was hoping for the catchy 'Dynamite' number to be played if the team won gold at Yumenoshima Park. While no spectators are allowed during the ongoing Tokyo Games 2020 due to Covid-19 protocols, competing athletes can request a song to be played when they win an event. The requests are fulfilled right after the win as opposed to a county's national anthem, which is usually played only during the medal presentation ceremony.
Fans of Blackpink were not too thrilled to find the hashtag #BoycottBlackpink trending on Twitter, which perhaps stemmed from a BTS Army backlash following the event. "#BoycottBlackpink is trending because their music was at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and that pretty much speaks for itself, with the Olympics being what they are," one Twitter user wrote.
"Yes finally let's #BoycottBlackpink. Those girls are doing witchcraft I'm telling you. There is no way that every song they make is a bop!!! Witches I'm telling you!!! They can't be that talented without doing some witchy stuff," another added sarcastically. "What the hell my sister told me to check what’s trending on Twitter like seriously what is bp’a fault at their song playing in the Olympics we blinks are proud all haters how dare u #BoycottBlackpink," a third chimed in.
"Jisoo is a genius. It's 2021 you should know Jisoo is good at everything too #BoycottBlackpink," a fourth added, referring to the Blackpink singer. "Sees #BoycottBlackpink trending > Finds out it was due to their music being played at the Olympics ...OK, I get it. But tbh isn't this a stretch? Don't boycott the group because someone chose to play their stuff. That's beyond their control," another wrote.
#BoycottBlackpink is trending because their music was at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and that pretty much speaks for itself, with the Olympics being what they are. :/— DeltΔ DrΔx ✝️. (@DeltDrax) July 29, 2021
YES FINALLY LETS #BoycottBlackpink . THOSE GIRLS ARE DOING WITCHCRAFT IM TELLING U. THERE IS NO WAY THAT EVERY SONG THEY MAKE IS A BOP!!!WITCHES IM TELLING U!!! THEY CANT BE THAT TALENTED WITHOUT DOING SOME WITCHY STUFF! pic.twitter.com/2CVX7bZrdn— Tyler❤️🔥🇹🇷❤️🔥//Khalid SUPREMACY (@tylerkindacool2) July 29, 2021
What the hell I my sister told me check what’s trending on Twitterlike seriously what is bp’a fault at their song playing in the olympics we blinks are proud all haters how dare u #BoycottBlackpink— 최현재 (@HaiderKhadijah) July 29, 2021
JISOO is a genius. ITS 2021 you should know Jisoo is good at everything too #BoycottBlackpink— Shannelly🖤 (@s_hannelly) July 29, 2021
> Sees #BoycottBlackpink trending— #StopAsianHate|OrbitNo707 (@OrbitNumber707) July 29, 2021
> Finds out it was due to their music being played at the Olympics
...OK, I get it. But tbh isn't this a stretch? Don't boycott the group because someone chose to play their stuff. That's beyond their control.
Several young Korean athletes have become the envy of K-pop fans at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, considering the athletes have enjoyed direct support from their idols, according to the Yonhap News Agency.
Ham Eun-ji, who finished seventh at the women's 55kg weightlifting, is a hardcore fan of the boy band The Boyz. The athlete, 24, shared a photo of herself with the group's merchandise on social media after she made her Olympic debut on Monday, July 26. To her surprise, Eun-ji received an unexpected message from Sunwoo of The Boyz saying, "I'm very proud of you. Thank you." The fangirl later expressed her enthusiasm, writing, "I'm so excited. My hands are quivering."
Teenage ping pong sensation Shin Yu-bin, who is the youngest member of the South Korean women's table tennis team at 17, also received support from BTS member V, said to be Shin's favorite member of the seven-piece act. He posted a message of support for the Olympic athlete as she scored an impressive seven-set victory against 58-year-old Xia Lian Ni of Luxembourg.
Meanwhile, South Korean swimming sensation Hwang Sun-woo, who broke his country's records at the men's 100m and 200m freestyle events in Tokyo, revealed during press interviews that he's a huge fan of Jennie and Yeji, members of K-pop girl groups Blackpink and Itzy, respectively.