Fans have expressed concern after a self-confessed scammer from the Philippines bought two giant billboards to ask Blackpink member Jennie out on a date.
Desperate call for attention: Social media influencer Christian Albert Gaza, 28, also known as Xian Gaza, set up the billboards with his photo near the office of Blackpink’s management agency YG Entertainment in Seoul, reported Rappler.
- The billboards, which reportedly cost 1.5 million Philippine pesos (approximately $29,500), contained the message in English and Korean: “Kim Jennie Ruby Jane, you are my ultimate crush. Can I take you out to dinner and make me the happiest man alive?”
- Gaza wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday that he set up the billboards because he did not know how else to contact the K-pop star.
(To view the post below, you must click and look through the social media platform.)
- In a follow-up post, Gaza claimed he originally planned to give Jennie a house and lot in South Korea but opted for a dinner invitation instead after finding out that Blackpink members were not allowed to accept gifts from fans.
Unimpressed: Blackpink fans, known as Blinks, were not impressed with the gesture and are now calling for YG Entertainment to protect Jennie after digging up some background information on Gaza, according to The Straits Times.
- The Blinks have reportedly found out about the shady business dealings Gaza has done in the past.
- In 2018, Gaza was found guilty of breaking the Anti-Bouncing Check Law and sentenced to five and a half years in prison by the Malabon Metropolitan Trial Court.
- In 2019, he claimed to have evaded Philippine law enforcement by sneaking out of the country. The claim was immediately refuted by the National Bureau of Investigations (NBI), NextShark previously reported.
(To view the statement below, you must click on the Facebook post and look through the social media platform.)
- In June, the Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission released a public warning against Gaza’s digital currency Xian Coin as a possible Ponzi scheme.
Another Gaza stunt: Gaza did a similar stunt in 2017, in which he set up a billboard in Manila to invite Filipino actress Erich Gonzales for a coffee date. He wrote: “I can’t even espresso how much I like you a latte. Will you drink coffee with me?” Gonzales politely turned the request down.
- During last year’s Valentine’s Day, Gaza tried to tempt Filipino actress Nadine Lustre with a Facebook post showing a picture of a red Ford Mustang surrounded by flowers.
- In January, he wrote a post saying he purchased a second-hand car as a gift for his TikTok crush Yukii Takahashi, promising that he actually meant his gesture this time.
- In the post, Gaza said his billboard for Gonzales was a stunt to promote his coffee distribution business, while the Ford Mustang photo was meant to promote his real estate investment business.
Featured Image via Christian Albert Gaza