‘This is defamation!’ Furious K-pop fans call for Channel Nine to apologise to BLACKPINK after airing footage from the band’s Sydney concert in a report about an unrelated drug bust
K-pop fans are furious at Channel Nine after footage of BLACKPINK’s concert at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on Saturday was used in a news report about an unrelated drug bust.
The segment, which aired on Nine News on Sunday afternoon, was about five people who had been arrested on drug supply charges at the I AM HARDSTYLE dance festival, which also took place at Olympic Park over the weekend.
BLACKPINK’s army of fans took to Twitter to criticise the network for using video of the band’s performance, labelling it ‘disgraceful’ journalism.
‘This is defamation!’ Furious K-pop fans have called for Channel Nine to apologise to BLACKPINK (pictured), after airing footage from their Sydney concert in a drug bust report
‘Poor journalism and lack of integrity,’ one fan tweeted. ‘What they reported did NOT happen at a BLACKPINK concert.’
‘Using BLACKPINK’s concert video clips saying that people were using drugs, when in fact it was in another stadium with a rave party is disgraceful,’ wrote another.
A similar post read: ‘The lack of professionalism is just baffling. How can they use images of BLACKPINK’s concert for a story involving a completely different event at a completely different arena? That is so unprofessional.’
Outrage: K-pop fans shared videos of the Nine News segment on Sunday to Twitter, that used BLACKPINK’s concert footage for a drug bust that occurred at the I Am Hardstyle festival
Calling for an apology: Many K-pop fans urged Channel Nine to apologise for the blunder
Not holding back: Another said Channel Nine displayed ‘poor journalism’ and lacked ‘integrity’
One of BLACKPINK’s supporters warned that Channel Nine could have a legal case on its hands, writing: ‘Good luck with a defamation lawsuit.’
Several fans also used the hashtag ‘Channel Nine apologise to BLACKPINK’ to raise awareness of the misleading news bulletin.
Angle News Australia has contacted Channel Nine for comment but has yet to receive a response.
NSW Police said in a statement on Sunday that five people had been charged with drug supply at I AM HARDSTYLE, a dance music festival unaffiliated with BLACKPINK.
Harmless fun: One K-pop fan said there are ‘no drugs’ at BLACKPINK concerts
Defamation: One fan stated that the information was ‘wrong’ and is ‘defamatory’
Potential lawsuit? ‘Good luck with a defamation lawsuit,’ was another comment posted online
The event ran from 5pm to midnight at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday, just a short walk from Qudos Bank Arena, where BLACKPINK were performing.
Multiple arms of the NSW Police, including the dog squad, allegedly found 19 people in the crowd of 7700 in possession of prohibited drugs.
Police and security ejected 19 people for intoxication, refused entry to 40 more and turned away 19 juveniles who tried to use false identification.
BLACKPINK are currently one of the biggest pop acts in the world, racking up billions of views on YouTube and attracting over 80 million followers on Instagram alone.
Their most recent album, Kill This Love, reached No. 24 on America’s Billboard 200 and No. 18 on Australia’s ARIA chart.
Fame: BLACKPINK are currently one of the biggest pop acts in the world, racking up billions of views on YouTube and attracting over 80 million followers on Instagram alone