With new release How You Like That breaking the record for the most watched YouTube video within 24 hours – and hitting No 2 on Billboard ’s Digital Song Sales after would-be presidential candidate Kanye West – Blackpink is riding a wave of success. But the K-pop girls haven’t avoided the scrutiny, controversy and criticism that comes along with so much attention. Before Blackpink and Gaga: the 6 biggest K-pop collaborations Does the How You Like That MV offend the world’s oldest religion? Kpop Fans (desi and non-desis), This is the right time to unite against YG to NOT INSULT OUR BELIEFS AND GODS JUST FOR THEIR "AESTHETIC VIEW". We have to make them pay for degrading our god for them to make money. #YGapologise #MyCultureIsNotYourAesthetic #Ganesha pic.twitter.com/lSRlGOa0Vi — Melanie (@qualiTEAAAA) June 26, 2020 How you like that? Well for some, it was a no no. The music video was hit with accusations of exploiting the Hindu religion just for the aesthetics, when it showed a statue of the deity Ganesha as a prop in the background. One Twitter user even argued that, “We have to make them pay for degrading our god for them to make money,” while the Blackpink India fan group published an official post condemning the stunt. Thanks to Blackpink, K-pop’s global dominance is complete A petition was signed by 4,400 people demanding YG Entertainment take down the video from YouTube and issue an apology. Some saw another perspective; one Facebook comment said, “I felt proud that Lord Ganesha is being made famous through this popular music video”. We are aware of the issue in How You Like That MV. We Belive that it's Offensive to usage of Lord Ganesha's Idol and we will try to contact YG Entertainment regarding it pic.twitter.com/UB2IC35XjM — Blackpink India ( 브링크) (@BLACKPINKIndia) June 26, 2020 With the debate heating up, YG edited the video via YouTube and, without losing the video’s impressive play count, covered up the controversial image – much to the relief of offended fans. Thank you to all Indian and Non-Indian Kpop fans who supported us in our fight to safeguard our religion and culture, it wouldn't be possible without everyone's consistent efforts ️ #YGapologise #MyCultureIsNotYourAesthetic #BLACKPINK pic.twitter.com/i6OVLJAJDN — Desi Kpopper (@DesiKpopper) June 29, 2020 But this is not the first time K-pop’s princesses have courted controversy. Belt up One of the biggest Korean public broadcasting stations, KBS, banned Blackpink’s music video Kill This Love in 2019 for Rosé not wearing a seat belt when driving – violating the country’s road traffic laws. The video depicts Rosé, overflowing with emotion, driving a car with a license plate reading “ego”, to the lyrics, “What should I do? I can’t stand myself being so weak”. One fan responded humorously, commenting, “Hilarious lol but it's true, seat belts are important”. Blackpink’s ‘Kill This Love’ gets 100 million YouTube views in 62 hours KBS also has a history of refusing to air other music videos for similar reasons, such as Lee Hyori’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang . Glorifying domestic violence Fire whomever thought this was a photocard worthy concept. I found it very distasteful. Blackpink can do better. Abuse isn't an A E S T H E T I C. pic.twitter.com/8ljiMLakkk — ⚠️WEAK4YEJI⚠️ (@Weak4Yeji) April 23, 2019 During promotion of the “Kill This Love” album, photos of the band members caused a stir as their faces had scratches and bruises that seemed to reference domestic abuse. Fans called out YG on Twitter for getting the wrong points across by using “abuse as an aesthetic”, while others argued the image was a powerful way to address domestic violence and also hint at the toxic relationship in the song’s lyrics. Born lucky: 5 K-pop idols who came from money … big money Addressing the controversy, one of the title song’s producers and writers, Bekuh Boom, spoke out. “This song means so much to me and I think it’s so powerful to so many women AND men hurting in relationships. It’s unfortunate people are trying to turn the song and its meaning into something negative. It was not written about domestic abuse, however, there are many forms of abuse in relationships,” she posted. Shoving the elderly Korean is all about respecting the elders, so when Blackpink’s manager pushed an elderly man away just because he was in their way, netizens went into a fury. The girls were at the Incheon International Airport, leaving for Fukuoka in 2018, and the manager pushed away the man, who was trying to cross the road and shouted back in surprise. Although it was the manager’s doing, the girls couldn’t avoid the backlash as they stood by uninterested while it all unfolded. Showing up late Blackpink have had a couple of tardies with the public noticing the girls arriving late to events. At the Adidas 70th anniversary celebration in 2019, David Beckham and Blackpink were supposed to appear at Seoul Time Square together, but it was delayed by one hour as Blackpink were 20 minutes late to the event. What happened when Blackpink snubbed David Beckham? Coming in late happens sometimes, but it caught the attention as fans started to defend the girls for not being late when there were journalists there covering an event. It is reported that some journalists even left early instead of waiting for Blackpink. Also at the Elle Style Award ceremony in 2019, the comedian Jang Do-yeon attracted attention when she tried to buy time during her acceptance speech – her imitations of Stevie Wonder’s singing voice an attempt to cover up for Blackpink coming in late. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .