BLACKPINK's Lisa, a prominent figure in the K-Pop industry, has recently been the center of a whirlwind of reactions following the announcement of her upcoming performance at Paris' renowned Crazy Horse. While the venue has hosted a plethora of celebrated musicians, including Beyoncé, Dita Von Teese, and Pamela Anderson, Lisa's association with it has sparked a wave of varied sentiments among her fanbase.
The Crazy Horse, established in 1951 by Alain Bernardin, stands as one of Paris' most avant-garde cabarets. It is recognized for its musical acts featuring nude female performers. This month, Lisa is set to perform five exclusive shows, marking her as the first K-Pop idol to take the stage at this iconic venue. This move aligns her with a list of esteemed artists who have previously graced the Crazy Horse stage.
However, the announcement has not been met with universal acclaim. A significant portion of Lisa's fans, particularly those in China, have voiced their concerns and disappointment. Their primary contention revolves around the venue's provocative nature, which they believe might not be suitable for younger fans. Comments on Weibo, a popular Chinese online forum, reflect this sentiment, with one user pointing out the paradox of world-class idols with a vast teenage following performing at such venues. Another emphasized the contrast between fans' frequent complaints about provocative styling and the idols' decisions to perform in minimal attire at such venues.
Despite the criticism, a considerable segment of Lisa's fanbase has rallied behind her, emphasizing her autonomy and right to make career choices. One of her largest fan clubs in China has even announced a fan project in support of her upcoming shows. A Twitter user, LISACHINA327, shared their unwavering support for Lisa amidst the backlash, revealing preparations for Lisa's show that would undoubtedly bring joy to the artist.
The debate also saw fans clarifying misconceptions about the Crazy Horse. Many highlighted that it is not a strip club but a globally recognized burlesque club celebrated for its artistic performances.
Lisa's performance at the Crazy Horse is scheduled from September 28 to 30, shortly after the conclusion of BLACKPINK's "Born Pink" world tour in Seoul, South Korea. The anticipation is palpable, with tickets for all five shows, priced at 250 euros each, already sold out.
As the date approaches, the global community will be keenly watching, not just for Lisa's performance, but also for the broader conversation it sparks about artists' freedom, fan expectations, and the evolving boundaries of entertainment.