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Rolling Stone Korea apologizes for Blackpink column that said Lisa has an ‘exotic appearance,’ Jisoo not ‘most talented’

  • Rolling Stone Korea has issued an apology and correction today following backlash over their column and profile piece about Blackpink originally released on July 5.
  • Two passages in particular caused an uproar among K-pop netizens, especially Blackpink fans, with one claiming that member Jisoo “does not possess the most outstanding talent in the group as a vocalist or dancer” and another that described Thai member Lisa as having an “exotic appearance.”
  • Netizens were swift to call out Rolling Stone Korea for unprofessionalism and racism, othering Lisa — the only non-Korean member of the group — as exotic.
  • Earlier this year Blackpink made history as the first Asian group to be featured on Rolling Stone’s cover.

Rolling Stone Korea has issued an apology and correction for passages written in their July 5 Blackpink column which were seen by K-pop netizens and Blackpink’s fans, Blinks, as disrespectful to members Jisoo and Lisa. 

The apology reads: “We have listened, have read, and have taken in all the considerations and remarks regarding the recent BLACKPINK column. We admittedly noted that we used inappropriate choice of words and context that led to this misunderstanding. A revised and modified column will be published in the second edition of the print next week. The revised column will be on our official website. We apologize to the artists for causing concerns. We ask for patience with us. Thank you.”

Blackpink becomes the first Asian girl group to be featured on Rolling Stone cover

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  • Korean girl group Blackpink has officially made history as the first all-Asian female group to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone.
  • “[Blackpink] is Rolling Stone’s June cover star,” the magazine tweeted. “The world's biggest girl group give their most revealing interview yet about how they make music, deal with the demands of stardom, became family, and more.”
  • The four-member group also became the third all-female band to be featured on the magazine’s cover after the Spice Girls and Destiny's Child.

Korean girl group Blackpink has officially made history as the first all-Asian female group to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone.

The news, which was teased as a huge Blackpink x Rolling Stone project over the weekend, was announced via Twitter at 5 a.m. PDT and 8 a.m. EDT on Monday.

BTS is the first K-pop act to ever appear on Rolling Stone’s ‘500 Greatest Songs of All Time’

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Iconic K-pop boy group BTS has made Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” with one of their three English-language songs. 

“Light it up like Dynamite”: Rolling Stone magazine released their list of the top 500 songs for the first time in 17 years on Sept. 15 with BTS making a groundbreaking appearance on it as the first Korean act to ever appear on the ranking.