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KL STAR MAKES BLACKPINK FANS SEE RED: Malaysian star Janna Nick has incurred the wrath of K-pop fans after naming a character Lisa Blackpig in a movie she directed. The 25-year-old singer-actress, whose real name is Nurul Jannah Muner, briefly quit all social media platforms and made a police report on Sunday after fans of Blackpink's Lisa began calling for her to be cancelled. Her Twitter and work Instagram accounts are still deactivated, but her personal Instagram most recently had a post on Tuesday.

Blackpink fans were massively offended that her teenage romcom Delen, which premiered on TV in Malaysia on Feb 13, had a character named after singer Lisa.     Harnessing the power of Blinks, as Blackpink fans are known, they started an online campaign to cancel the Kimchi Untuk Awak (Kimchi For You) actress, who was making her directorial debut.

Newcomer Annie Mosha plays the character Lisa Blackpig, described as an "attention seeker" on Janna Nick Studio's Instagram account.

The hashtag #JannaNickIsGoingToJailParty began trending on Twitter on Sunday, even as an old Instagram Story from 2018 came to light, adding fuel to the fire.

In it, Nick is seen in a hair salon bleaching her hair blonde. Fellow actress Sharifah Sakinah, who is also present, asks: "That's the dead one, right?" She appears to be referring to K-pop boy band Shinee's Jonghyun, who had committed suicide in 2017. The two then burst into laughter. Nick later issued an 11-minute apology, swearing on the Quran that she did not hear Sharifah's comment as the salon was noisy, but that did not appease K-pop fans.

Malaysian K-pop fans have jumped into the fray. On Twitter, @myofficialblink, which has more than 4,000 followers and calls itself the biggest Blackpink fanbase in Malaysia, wrote: "In our context, pig/babi is literally an offensive term used to mock or devalue someone. The fact that she did this to gain some cheap publicity for her flop studio is very low. De-platform her, every film and drama of hers."

Yesterday, Nick broke her silence in an interview with Malaysian news portal Gempak: "Personally, I'm okay with no social media around. Though, I also have commitments with clients. Fortunately, they understand (my current situation) and we'll just wait until everything is settled."     As for the police report, she said: "I'll leave it to the prosecution for legal action, because our country has laws."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 24, 2021, with the headline 'On social media'. Subscribe