Oh thank god there are sane people in the government in South Korea. Despite it happening just two months ago, I feel like the news cycle has churned countless bigger scandals since SBS zombie sageuk Joseon Exorcist got yeeted out of existence after airing two episodes. The bruhaha was over the fictional portrayal of the famous King Taejong as suffering from delusions and slaughtering innocent citizens by the dozens, as well as using Chinese food items such as moon cakes and thousand year old eggs in a Korean table (despite the setting being the border between then Joseon and then China). There might be other small complaints but it’s not worth giving it page space, but y’all remember how the blowback was so fast, so hard, and so wildly disproportionate to anything that might have been problematic that SBS decided to cancel the drama outright.
The netizen bitch fest then moved over to upcoming jTBC period romance Snowdrop set during the 80’s at the time of the student democracy protests against the government. Netizens demanded Snowdrop be cancelled before it even aired based on the synopsis where Jung Hae In’s character is a college student but may really be a North Korean spy, and Jisoo’s female lead character was named Young Cho which was the named of a real activist from that era. There’s more stuff, such as the second male lead being a government agent, basically the complaint is that the student democracy movement was being insulted, history distorted, and the government side whitewashed in this fictional drama to come. The citizen’s petitions went to the Blue House and now the government relation’s department has issued a response statement that basically says Joseon Exorcist has been cancelled so no further action needs to be taken on it and the government extends the freedom of artistic license and creativity to all works and will not be taking any action on Snowdrop after the production says it has not distorted history. So that’s that, I’m still bracing for Snowdrop to be hyper scrutinized when it does air.