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‘Digital guillotine’ blacklist: Jennie, Stray Kids

SEOUL (ANN/THE KOREA HERALD) – K-pop stars’ presence at the recent 2024 Met Gala has stirred controversy, drawing criticism for their silence on the Gaza conflict. 

Notably, Jennie from Blackpink and the boy group Stray Kids, who attended the event on May 6, face mounting pressure from fans urging them to address the ongoing war.

The names of celebrities at the fashion event were shared on social media platforms, alongside calls to boycott them by unfollowing or blocking their accounts. The action is aimed negatively at celebrities’ income from social media activity.

US stars such as Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Drake and Zendaya have been blacklisted by online users under a mass boycott campaign dubbed the “digitine” – or “digital guillotine” – movement.

The campaign went viral in the wake of the 2024 Met Gala after influencer Haley Kalil lip-synced the line “Let them eat cake” from Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” and posted it to TikTok as pro-Palestinian demonstrators were being arrested for staging a protest outside the gala venue.

Jennie of Blackpink poses on the red carpet at the 2024 Met Gala held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, May 6. PHOTO: ANN/THE KOREA HERALD SOURCE

The same night as the gala, the apartheid regime revealed its military strike plan against the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

According to a video on TikTok, Jennie and Stray Kids have also been included in the blacklisting campaign.

Some fans even left comments on the Instagram accounts of Jennie and the Stray Kids members, saying things like, “The civilians in Rafah would appreciate your efforts,” “Free Palestine” and “You are blocked for Gaza.”

Jennie has kept silent on the issue, while JYP Entertainment, the music label behind Stray Kids, also declined to comment.

A recent post to group member Changbin’s Instagram featuring singer Charlie Puth added to the backlash, increasing fans’ calls for a boycott.

Stray Kids released a collaboration with Puth on Monday.