Blinks, the moment you’ve waited for is finally here, but not without a healthy dose of controversy. At midnight on Friday, K-pop all-girl supergroup Blackpink released their highly anticipated debut album, The Album. The eight-song album features previously released tracks “How You Like That,” “Ice Cream” featuring Selena Gomez, and a new track “Bet You Wanna” featuring Cardi B. Although she appears on the album, Cardi B seems less than thrilled with Blackpink’s fan base, known as Blinks, who apparently have been hounding her to promote The Album. “I really love the girls but I won’t let you lil kids play with me. I already got payed to do what I had to and I won’t do nomore [sic],” Cardi tweeted right after the album was released. She continued, responding to a tweet from a Blackpink fan calling her “mental,” tweeting, “I’m not mental I’m just not going to let lil kids disrespect me. Yall make relationships with artist be very weird cause of the weird hate ya be throwing and ya was doing that b4 the song came out. I already got pay [sic] and I don’t ask to be on songs I GET ASKED!” Well, at least everyone got paid and there’s no bad blood between Lisa, Jennie, Jisoo, and Rosé and Belcalis. Blackpink is probably not too pressed by their fans causing a little ruckus, as their Netflix film Blackpink: Light Up the Sky is set to drop in two weeks. You can stream The Album below but don’t tell Cardi.
Update, 2:22 a.m.: So, as it turns out, it was all a ruse. After an hour or so, Cardi B deleted all of the tweets criticizing Blackpink stans, replacing them with tweets promoting Blackpink’s The Album. “BARDI PINK IN YOUR AREA! I need ya to download ‘The album’ by Blackpink and stream “bet you wanna” show me down here ya did some,” tweeted Cardi, showing her support for the K-pop group and their fans. As if the night couldn’t get any better, Cardi B delivered potentially the sickest burn in response to the incredible, absolutely poetic news that Donald Trump has tested positive for COVID-19. The Chris Rock–approved comedienne tweeted “‘BET YOU WANNA’ wear a mask now” at Trump, expertly promoting her new track with Blackpink and roasting the president at the same time.