K-Pop fans know that every year when the new year rolls around, the infamous press company Dispatch will release top celebrating dating news. This year was no different with the company releasing photos of secret dates shared between BLACKPINK‘s Jennie and EXO‘s Kai.
While many fans from both sides of the fandom have been extremely happy for the newly discovered couple…
i feel like if jennie and kai post a selfie together they’re gonna break the internet and crash instagram
— ً (@jenniesduality) January 2, 2019
anybody who hates on kai or jennie for being human and dating is instantly cancelled. we’re leaving that toxic mindset that idols can’t date and be happy outside of their jobs in 2018.
— reena ♡ (@KlNGTAEYEON) January 1, 2019
"SM Entertainment confirms EXO Kai and BLACKPINK Jennie are dating"
"They have good feelings towards each other"
I'M GENUINELY HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS!! I LOVE YOU
— ً (@addictivexo) January 1, 2019
They aren’t so happy with Dispatch. In the past, the company received major backlash for invading the privacy of other celebrities like the time they released personal details about actress Choi Ji Woo‘s husband back in July.
Now, netizens are once again firing back at the company after their news about Jennie and Kai by creating a Blue House petitions asking for the company to be closed down.
There have been a number of petitions posted after the news broke with titles like “Please shut down Dispatch which violates celebrities’ privacy” and “Demanding shutdown of Dispatch.”
And at least one of the petitions has gained attention internationally. This petition asking for the disbandment of Dispatch based on their invasion of privacy has over 20,000 signatures so far.
“Dispatch is invading privacy. They are a group who is constantly keeping track of all performers like singers, actors, and athletes. They are not respecting the human rights of these entertainers. Before they’re a celebrity, they are a human being, but Dispatch is ignoring this and continues to violate their privacy. Is this the right thing to do? Celebrities are also citizens of South Korea and they should have their human rights respected. We request the abolition of Dispatch on the basis that they infringe on celebrity’s privacy.”
— Blue House Petition