Recently, the Health and Medical Workers’ Union of Korea has spoken out about Jennie‘s nurse outfit in BLACKPINK‘s new music video, “Lovesick Girls”.
The union claimed that the way that Jennie is depicted in the outfit with a short skirt, tights, and heels is sexualizing the occupation, which they argue “exposes [them] to sexual objectification and forces [them] to deal with belittling depictions that question [their] expertise.”
YG Entertainment released a statement about the controversy, trying to explain that there was no intention of sexualization in the outfit, and that it was simply used to try and portray the lyrics being sung.
The scene in the ‘Lovesick Girls’ MV depicting a nurse and a patient portrays the lyrics which read, ‘No doctor could help when I’m lovesick’. YG Entertainment
Just a short while ago, the company also stated that the producers are debating whether or not they need to edit out the portion of the video that includes Jennie in the nurse outfit. In response, fans have taken to social media in order to defend Jennie and not let YG Entertainment take out that part of the MV.
Some even made the comparison to male idols who have worn doctors outfits, and didn’t deal with criticism for it.
A nurse herself posted a photo of herself dressed in her uniform, to show the comparison between the two and show that it isn’t much different.
A nursing student chimed in about the opinions of their senior nurses and that they didn’t see an issue with how Jennie was dressed.
Fans do want to make it clear, however, that they are aware of the sexualization that nurses do face in their occupation, but they just don’t think that Jennie’s portrayal is a problem.
What’s your opinion on the matter?