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K-pop Fans Rally to Defend BTS and BLACKPINK Amid Controversy Over Israel-Palestine Conflict

K-pop fans show support for BTS and BLACKPINK amidst controversy surrounding their silence on the Israel-Palestine conflict. The 'BlockOut' movement prompts social media boycotts, but fans stand by their favorite bands.

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K-pop Fans Rally to Defend BTS and BLACKPINK Amid Controversy Over Israel-Palestine Conflict

K-pop Fans Rally to Defend BTS and BLACKPINK Amid Controversy Over Israel-Palestine Conflict

The global K-pop sensation is facing a new wave of controversy as fans rally to defend BTS and BLACKPINK amid calls for a social media boycott over their silence on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

For months, the ongoing conflict has sparked heated debate within the fandom, with calls for divestment from Zionism and expressions of support for Palestine dividing supporters of the two prominent K-pop bands. Despite the fervor surrounding the issue, neither BTS nor BLACKPINK has publicly addressed the matter, leading to criticism and calls for accountability.

The 'BlockOut' movement, initiated as a response to celebrities' perceived silence on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, has gained traction on social media platforms. Spearheaded by Palestinian journalist Bisan Owda, the campaign aims to hold celebrities and companies accountable for their failure to address the crisis.

Owda's Instagram post, which included lists of celebrities to block, notably mentioned BTS and BLACKPINK, among others. The inclusion of the K-pop superstars in the campaign sparked controversy among fans, who quickly mobilized to defend their favorite bands.

Fans of BTS, in particular, have faced similar calls for boycotts in the past due to their management company's connection with Scooter Braun and his statements on Palestine. However, supporters argue that BTS is not directly involved in business matters and are currently fulfilling their military obligations, making them unfairly targeted in the campaign.

Throughout social media, hashtags such as "We Support BTS," "We Will Never Leave BTS," and "We Are with BTS" trended as fans expressed unwavering support for the group. The backlash against the 'BlockOut' movement highlights the deep loyalty and solidarity within the K-pop fandom, even in the face of controversy.

As the debate continues to unfold, the response from fans underscores the significant influence and passionate dedication of K-pop enthusiasts worldwide, particularly in defending their idols against perceived injustices and unwarranted criticism.

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