Luxury brands in China have taken an unexpected step back from BLACKPINK’s Lisa, sparking an array of reactions from netizens. After her personal and fanbase Weibo accounts were banned, two major fashion giants, CELINE and BVLGARI, scrubbed their Chinese Weibo accounts of any trace of the K-pop sensation, who served as a global ambassador for them.
WEIBO CỦA BVLGARI VÀ CELINE TRUNG QUỐC ĐÃ XÓA/ẨN TOÀN BỘ NHỮNG BÀI VIẾT CÓ LIÊN QUAN ĐẾN LISA
Được biết hiện Lisa đang là đại sứ toàn cầu của hai thương hiệu xa xỉ này. Dư âm từ buổi biểu diễn kín tại Crazy Horse Paris của Lisa đã khiến cô mất đi khá… pic.twitter.com/rqe0W6kyz9
— HiHiHaHa (@hihihahabc) November 1, 2023
Previously, these brands frequently shared images of their Global Ambassador Lisa, but the removal of her photos coincided with her Weibo account’s deletion following her controversial performance at Crazy Horse in Paris.
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Searches for Lisa on Weibo now yield no results, whether it’s her name, her account (lalalalisa_m), or even terms like “global brand spokesperson” and “global brand ambassador” in Chinese. It appears that, as a consequence of these events, the brands may no longer be able to run campaigns featuring Lisa in China.
Fans of K-pop superstar Blackpink’s Lisa and Chinese actress Angelababy will no longer be able to follow their favorite entertainers on Weibo after their accounts with more than a hundred million followers were shut down for breach of the platform’s rules https://t.co/VKGWlzonK1
— Bloomberg (@business) November 2, 2023
#Lisa’s personal Weibo account and Lisa’s support clubs Weibo account cannot be viewed due to violation of regulations.(Reason: participation in club/bar performance) cause china has very strict laws.
— ᴄʜᴇʀʀʏ ʙʟɪɴᴋ 💌 (@DARKXSTAR99) November 1, 2023
Moreover, the Weibo accounts of Chinese actresses Angelababy and Baby Zhang display a notice stating they’ve been banned due to “violations of the law and related regulations.” This followed their attendance at Lisa’s Paris show and the subsequent backlash.
Fans and netizens were quick to respond to the luxury brands distancing themselves from Lisa, raising questions about the consequences of her bold Crazy Horse performance. While some find the situation perplexing, others argue that it’s Weibo’s loss, not Lisa’s.
Speculation has arisen regarding China’s restrictions on indecent performances by artists. Despite Lisa’s performance occurring in Paris, it’s suggested that her attire and acts were deemed indecent. Many fans are scratching their heads, wondering why the ban applies when the event was not held in China.
Heard Lisa’s weibo account account got deleted…. All I can say it’s their loss 😂
— iyah / 🐤 ❤️ 🐻 (@Iyahvillanueva3) November 1, 2023
Lisa, the member of Blackpink, seems to get censored & banned on Chinese social media as her sina weibo account & major fan account have been suspended.
— Gavin (@gavinincinema) November 1, 2023
Lisa never cared about her account anyways.. it was only used to post CELINE promo pic taken from iPhone camera 😴
And even if Lisa is not posting anything or active on weibo.. still every news related to Lisa goes viral there 😴😴
— 👽 (@lisamostpopular) November 1, 2023
I think Lisa will sleep peacefully tonight without Weibo
— 👽 (@lisamostpopular) November 1, 2023
K-pop in general is kind of banned in China for the longest time now. Lisa debuted in an era where mass buying was prohibited 😂 remember when BP couldn’t post on their personal weibo acc and YG used Lisa? Cause only she can post and they turned her own weibo acc to a group one. https://t.co/sBt6hGQrlD
— Mikosf1997 (@mikosf1997) November 1, 2023
Today the company is on Weibo to see what happened😢
Why did Weibo close lisa’s account pic.twitter.com/wEcNfJwGGQ
— Most (@LA25915250) November 1, 2023
For now, Lisa’s fans can still follow her updates on Instagram, where she boasts an impressive following of over 90 million.
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