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.
I feel like I’m in a Twilight Zone with what’s happening around Joseon Exorcist. Having not lived through the censorship terrors in various countries through modern world history doesn’t mean I didn’t learn my history and further cherish the freedom … Continue reading
There are too many different elements at play with the controversy around Joseon Exorcist, some understandable and others just nonsense of letting the jingoistic minority perform cancel culture on things that likely happened in history they simply don’t like/accept. After … Continue reading
Cancel culture has come to South Korean dramas not just on the behavior of actors and actresses in real life but on scenes, props, and narratives in the show itself. SBS premiered highly publicized zombie sageuk Joseon Exorcist this Monday … Continue reading
Yay it’s finally here! This Monday is the premiere of new SBS sageuk Joseon Exorcist, returning the network a drama in that Mon-Tues time slot after Penthouse finished its first season and moved the second season to Fri-Sat. It’s a … Continue reading
I’m so looking forward to SBS sageuk Joseon Exorcist less for the zombie aspect but solely for the amazing cast and to find a good sageuk. I’m super sad my most anticipated River Where the Moon Rises didn’t have a … Continue reading
The first official drama poster is out for SBS zombie sageuk Joseon Exorcist and it’s gorgeous and creative enough to shine on its own. The production took a historical landscape painting style and created a poster showing the Joseon Palace … Continue reading
This week new K-dramas are piling on like zombies spotting a live human but after we get out from under the backlog there are still more premieres to come in early March. One that I am super looking forward to … Continue reading
I love Jang Dong Yoon but it feels like his three most recent K-dramas are venn diagrams. Tale of Nokdu he played an discarded prince in a Joseon, Search he’s a soldier hunting zombies in the DMZ, and now in … Continue reading
OMG, what terrible news, I only hope it’s not serious. Production has come to an immediately halt today for the upcoming 2021 sageuk drama Joseon Exorcist after the male lead was taken out of commission. Jang Dong Yoon has been … Continue reading
While COVID-19 has been in the news for a full year now there are ebbs and peaks depending on so-called spikes which seems to be like Groundhog’s Day. It feels like things are getting better and then it gets worse … Continue reading
Yay, a legit big budget action and palace intrigue saguek to look forward to in 2021, with a dash of fantasy. The casting for Joseon Exorcist has been firmed up and my #1 excitement is seeing Jang Dong Yoon return … Continue reading
There’s a whole lot of new casting news around upcoming SBS K-drama Joseon Exorcist which had earlier confirmed male leads Jang Dong Yoon and Kam Woo Sung, with Park Sung Hoon as the third male lead. Lee Yoo Bi has … Continue reading