- K-pop girl group BLACKPINK performed their new song “Shut Down” onstage for the first time on Monday night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
- While the performance was largely well-received, several netizens took offense at host Jimmy Kimmel, who introduced the group by saying they are "the reason that all the kids are excited.”
- “Shut Down” is the title track of BLACKPINK’s newly released sophomore album “Born Pink.”
- They are set to embark on their world tour spanning seven months in over 25 cities, starting in Seoul in October.
K-pop quartet BLACKPINK performed “Shut Down” on the latest episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
On Monday night’s episode, BLACKPINK and a team of backup dancers gave the first live performance of “Shut Down” since it was released alongside the girl group’s new album “Born Pink” last week.
“This is the reason that all the kids are excited. From this album titled ‘Born Pink,’ here’s the song ‘Shut Down’ by BLACKPINK,” he said while introducing the girl group.
And Jimmy kimmel calling the fans kids. The way western industry never treats kpop seriously, always looking at fans as kids. Not shocked, when there’s so many immature brainless kpoppies everywhere
— Monita Bananabels⁰³²⁷ (@MightyMonita) September 20, 2022
No but Jimmy Kimmel saying “all the kids are excited” ugh this is another reason as to why I dislike that man
— ⁷ | born pink (@ungodIytaegii) September 20, 2022
Jimmy Kimmel CALL BLACKPINK fans KIDS doesn’t sit right to me. I mean. 25 is not that old but I prefer if you call me young adult https://t.co/9gGdSQ4Fk4
— BAEK༒ORY (@baekAnti24_7) September 20, 2022
So tally is a song that teach us how to fvck everything and then Jimmy Kimmel come and call us kids ._.
— ♡ M A R A ♡ (@how_u_like_mara) September 20, 2022
Several BLACKPINK fans believe that Kimmel’s comment was condescending and also stereotyped K-pop as childish. Notably, BLACKPINK’s sophomore album comes with explicit warnings due to the lyrics of some of the B-sides such as “Tally” and “Hard To Love.”
The group’s appearance on Kimmel’s show is part of their U.S. promotions which kicked off as soon as “Born Pink” dropped, with the group making an appearance at their Spotify pop-up store in Los Angeles. Last month, they made their U.S. award show debut and made some historic wins at the 2022 MTV VMAs.
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Also on their slate is their forthcoming world tour which will start next month in Seoul. The tour will span seven months in over 25 cities around the world, including several stops in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. YG Entertainment has claimed that the upcoming tour will be “the largest world tour in the history of a K-pop girl group.”
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