In an article reviewing BLACKPINK‘s historic Coachella 2019 performance, LA Times writer August Brown stepped on some toes when he name-dropped BTS and 2NE1.
BTS might be a bigger act, and 2NE1 might have covered similar terrain before them. But no other K-pop group could probably have handled a Coachella gig quite as well.
While some fans took this opportunity to join in on the shade in defense of their favorite group, most agreed that this comparison was unnecessary and in bad taste.
There is no need to be be comparing groups they are all great artists
— Magic-Tae✨Boy with Luv (@Magic_Tae_) April 14, 2019
BLACKPINK often faces comparisons to 2NE1 as they are 2NE1’s first and only junior girl group from YG Entertainment.
The mention of BTS likely comes from the perceived need to give context when talking about successful K-Pop groups; BTS is the most internationally recognizable name in K-Pop right now.
ARMY agree, though, that comparisons to BTS are getting old.
Yikes BTS in the article non related to them again
— kiki (@jhope_tvvt) April 14, 2019
Whatever the reasoning behind the comparisons, the backlash raises an important point: other groups don’t need to be put down to lift up another group.
excuse me?? Don't compare Blackpink to 2NE1 and BTS!! THEY ARE DIFFERENT!! Bts and 2Ne1 with their own ways and Blackpink with their own ways!! Don't be rude towards them or the fans OK !! You have NO RIGHTS to compare them!! Blackpink is special with their own and BTS too🙄😡
— ParkAeRinIsTheNameBitches🏆🔥 (@ARMYAeRin1) April 14, 2019
One twitter user also brought up how name-dropping BTS and 2NE1 also somewhat trivializes BLACKPINK.
You don’t have to mention other groups. You’re actually dismissing what those girls achieved by comparing them.
— striving fangirl~💕 (@fangirldom_) April 14, 2019
Both BLACKPINK and BTS continue to enjoy remarkable success worldwide, making history time and time again. With their April 4 single “Kill This Love,” BLACKPINK also became the first K-Pop girl group to top US iTunes. BTS also made history, yet again, by becoming the first K-Pop act to perform on SNL.