Blackpink’s Lisa Ignites Controversy on Chinese Socials with Cabaret Performance

Blackpink member Lisa has sparked a viral debate on sexualization and female liberation in China after performing at Paris’ iconic Crazy Horse cabaret. 

While Paris Fashion Week runways have dominated headlines in recent weeks, it was another event in France’s capital that almost broke the internet.

A series of performances last week by K-pop girl group Blackpink’s 26-year-old Lisa (full name Lalisa Manobal) at Le Crazy Horse cabaret in Paris has sparked heated discussion across social media platforms in China.

Although Lisa didn’t bare all or go topless at the venue renowned for nude burlesque shows, online debate in China centered on morality and whether an Asian superstar like Lisa should perform what some consider a risqué dance.

Viral social impact

The hashtag “Lisa crazy horse show” (#Lisa疯马秀) has 180 million views on Chinese platform Xiaohongshu, and the same hashtag on Weibo has 164 million views.

The furor peaked last week just after the shows, when it emerged Chinese actress Zhang Jiani was spotted in the audience — she became the subject of criticism for attending the show.

Lisa, meanwhile, posted images of her performance to her 98.5 million Instagram followers on Wednesday this week, with her first post generating almost 7.3 million likes, and her second post 6.2 million, at the time of writing. Continue to read the full article here

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