The last episode of Kingdom - the idol competition programme shown on Korean pay-TV channel Mnet - on 20 May, was particularly noteworthy not just for the exhilarating performances on view, but also for the response it drew from none other a celebrity than Ryan Reynolds.
Popular K-Pop boy band Stray Kids performed a cover of BlackPink's "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" as part of their tasks in the competition and reproduced the famous scene from the “Deadpool” film.
Fans were stunned not only by the electrifying effect the remake of the BlackPink song had on everyone who watched, but also by the allusion to the Ryan Reynolds film which fans instantly turned into an internet sensation.
Soon after that tweet, there was a response from the actor himself, saying “Oh hello Stray_Kids”, transporting fans to the highest pitch of euphoria.
The Deadpool concept used by Stray Kids in their performance and Reynolds' response became a hot topic and the whole issue trended worldwide.
"Ryan Reynolds" is now trending worldwide and in 4 countries after notice Stay tweet about today Kingdom stage.— Straykids Billboard (@skz_billboard) May 20, 2021
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