I don’t know if I disagree with this decision on a practical level because so many people were involved and affected by the scandal when it broke in 2021. KBS college era drama Dear M was fully filed and scheduled to air in spring of 2021 when it was pulled on the heels of bullying allegations against female lead Park Hye Soo. It’s been sitting on the shelf since but the production team really suffered for what Park Hye Soo allegedly did when she was younger and it’s a huge loss on the investment as well. Today K-ent is reporting that Dear M will air in Japan in the second half of 2022 first, which isn’t a wild idea since the drama actually feels like Japanese audiences would like it. If K-netizens want to keep cancelling Park Hye Soo that remains the reality since she hasn’t been cast in any new drama or movie but I do want the other cast members and the crew of Dear M to not get cancelled along with her. So airing in Japan seems a good compromise, though I am concerned of the blowback if KBS sees that the drama did well overseas and airs it on TV after.
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I thought that her accuser was the actual liar? I thought even Dispatch corroborated her version of the story, that she was the actual victim. Did something new come up? Why is she still being cancelled?
Bullying is awful and if nobody wants to hire Park Hye Soo that is cool, but since this was filmed why not just air it and if people want to watch, they can watch and if they don’t, they don’t. I don’t know. Like I said, bullying is awful but there are people that were accused of sexual assault still working. I can’t get too worked up over the airing of a drama that people can choose not to watch.
Park Hye Soo was cleared. The accuser lied. Please don’t spread false information.
This drama had no chance of rating above 1% anyway (it was supposed to be aired Fridays 11:10 p.m., similar to Imitation). Good for Noh Jung-eui and Bae Hyun-sung that they’re moving on to bigger, better things.
Her scandal was quite severe to the point that even after Dispatch disproved the bullying allegations, people still not believed her and blamed her for shelving “Dear M” for good. Some even jeered that she would have ruined “Red Sleeve”, had she accepted to play Deok-im.