I understand the gut punch reaction of fans to a star embroiled in a scandal in wanting to make problems go away so as to continue to support said star. But that instinctive reaction should not continue if the facts make it impossible to keep supporting said star, and in the case of general drama fans it’s not the star itself but the dramas that headlined any scandal plagued star that becomes a sad salute to reel versus real. As much as drama watchers know that actors and actresses are just playing roles, once a real life scandal veers into criminal territory of any sort, as opposed to saying the wrong thing or dating the wrong person, then I can’t watch the dramas anymore because the real intrudes too much into the reel. Of three dramas I really enjoyed in the past, all three are now in the can’t re-watch pile and it’s such a shame because it’s harder and harder to find good dramas to watch. For me it’s Kim Hyun Joong‘s Playful Kiss, The Princess’s Man with Park Shi Hoo, and now the recent The Girl Who Sees Smells with Yoochun, though I think his fall will hurt the diehard nostalgia for Sungkyunkwan Scandal more.
So which K-dramas are hard for you to rewatch thanks to scandals or other issues. I find myself able to rewatch dramas where the lead has passed on, most notably classics I adore like Park Yong Ha in On Air and Jung Da Bin in My Sister in Law is 19. But the star likely committing a crime is such a drama ender for me.