Outrage over death threat to Blackpink’s Lisa
Thousands of fans post messages of support for Thai star; culprit’s account deactivated
Hundreds of thousands of fans of the K-pop supergroup Blackpink have reacted with anguish and outrage to reports of a death threat made against its Thai star, Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban.
The hashtag for news about the death threat had earned 1.23 billion views on China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo within 24 hours of the first reports earlier this week, according to the Global Times, an English-language Chinese newspaper.
Many Chinese fans left worried or comforting messages on Lisa’s official Sina Weibo account in Chinese, Thai and English, the newspaper said.
The K-pop quartet is currently preparing to release a new album in June. It will be their first collection of new music since the release of the EP Kill This Love in April last year.
Last Saturday a Twitter user posted a comment saying: “Once BLACKPINK has their comeback stage, I am going to shoot BLACKPINK’s Lisa, and you can say goodbye to your bias because that’s the last time you’ll ever see her ugly face again.”
Hundreds of thousands of netizens took to Twitter to criticize the account, which was later suspended for violating the platform’s terms of service.
The Thai embassy in Seoul confirmed on Thursday that it had received many emails and Twitter messages about threats made online to Lalisa.
YG Entertainment, which manages the band, also issued a statement saying, “At YG Entertainment, we are doing our best for the safety