The sudden death of Kim Mi-soo on was not the first controversy related to JTBC’s “Snowdrop,” a romantic melodrama that marked the Korean series’ debut on Walt Disney and its Disney Plus broadcasting service.
Produced by the powerhouse JTBC and marking the acting debut of Jisoo, who is part of the K-pop Blackpink girls’ band, “Snowdrop” in the paper should look like a comfortable theme and an audience grabber. Instead, since its premiere in mid-December, the show has been plagued by allegations that it undermines or distorts Korean history.
WHAT IS SNOWDROP ABOUT?
Originally titled ‘Seolganghwa,’ ‘Snowdrop’ is a South Korean series that sheds light on an unusual love story. Organized just before the 1987 presidential election, the show revolves around university student Eun Yeong-ro and spy Lim Soo-ho. Amid the big protests, Lim Soo-ho finds himself covered in blood in her bedroom. So, Yeong-ro hides Soo-ho from the authorities and the nurses him back to life. The two slowly fall in love.
WHY IS SNOWDROP CONTROVERSIAL?
Many viewers in Korea, who watched the show “SNOWDROP” on JTBC, were immediately upset by the so-called inaccuracies. The show’s main sponsors Teazen and Puradak Chicken have withdrawn their support, denying any knowledge of the K-Drama’s political content, and apologising profusely to consumers.
About 30 applications were processed for the cancellation of the drama, and one was submitted to the President after it was signed by 325,000. The Presidency chose not to participate, arguing that the flap came from incomplete information released by the broadcaster. Instead, the task of mitigating the situation was transferred to the broadcaster of the Korean Communication Standards Commission (KCSC) and JTBC.
This is why during the first week of the release of the show, three episodes were released instead of two. This was to show the petitioners that the show is not political in the way that they think it is.
It is unfortunate that the South Korean directors have recently enjoyed entertaining and even falling in love with their North counterparts in movies and dramas, perhaps hoping that North and South will reunite despite their past and present unspoken agreement.
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