On June 6, 2019, K-pop girl group BLACKPINK visited the Philippines for a special 30-minute meet and greet. During the event, which some say was a ~disaster~, fans noticed that Jennie was having a hard time breathing, with them speculating she was actually experiencing a panic attack.
After the fan meet, young stars Awra, AC Bonifacio, and Riva Quenery held a live video on Instagram where they allegedly made fun of Jennie's condition:
It escalated from there, with Blinks (BLACKPINK fans) calling them out for their insensitivity. Through an Instagram post over the weekend, comedian Awra posted a message to share his side of the story. Part of his open letter reads: "Hindi ko intensyon na i-disrepect si Jennie kasi alam ko yung pakiramdam ng i-disrespect. Aware po ako/kami na may sakit siya kaya bakit naman po kami magbibiro about sa sakit niya?"
Awra said that some of the comments he made sounded like he was laughing at Jennie and Blinks who couldn't attend the fan meeting because he isn't very fluent in English. According to Awra, when he said "What happened today was so sick," he meant that the BLACKPINK event they just went to was "cool" or "lit." The others were laughing because of his attempt to speak in English, not because of Jennie.
"Sana 'wag dumating sa point na buong pagkatao ko huhusgahan niyo na dahil na-misinterpret ako," Awra wrote. Swipe right to read his full message below:
15-year-old Awra rose to fame after he starred in action TV series Ang Probinsyano in 2016. He also joined reality contest Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids in 2017.
Over the weekend, dancer and vlogger Riva also posted a video to address the issue and defend herself:
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