In what seems to be a very weird phenomenon, some Korean men are actually breaking off their romantic relationships with their girlfriends over the new movie “Kim Ji Young, Born in 82.”
To understand why this has happened one must discuss why this movie became controversial in South Korea in the first place.
The movie is based on a novel of the same title “Kim Ji Young, Born in 82,” it’s about an ordinary wife in her 30s named Kim Ji Young; she suffers from depression and faces sexism in her society.
The novel was a huge success and sold over 1 million copies. However, the book itself faced backlash for becoming the representative of feminists in South Korea, which is still a sensitive issue and has revolved around many controversial topics in the past.
There is an obvious discrepancy between how Korean men and Korean women rated this movie, its reviews are highly divided. Men rated the movie an average of 1.8 points out of 10 on Naver while women gave it 9.4 out of 10 on Naver.
According to various Korean news outlets, there were around 20,000 netizens who rated the movie without even watching it. The movie has been out for a little over a week.
One netizen left a post on a community site that talks about how your boyfriend might break up with you if you watch this movie. The netizen said that when she told her boyfriend she was going to see the movie he had her pick between breaking up with him or watching it.
Many other netizens reported similar issues of getting into arguments with their boyfriends/husbands over watching the movie. Korean men seem to think the movie exaggerates the truth in favor of women.
Previously, as reported on jazminemedia, Irene, actress Seo Ji Hye and most recently Suzy were all attacked for showing support to the movie/novel.
Previously, Red Velvet Irene and Seo Ji Hye were criticized for reading the novel. Irene was heavily attacked for stating that she read it while on vacation, this even led to some male fans burning her merchandise.
Suzy was attacked for promoting the movie on her Instagram. Many fans jumped into her defense, you can read more about it here.
As for why Korean women celebrities got criticized for this, many interpret it to be an issue of the fandom gender, many actresses or girl idols fandoms comprise of men (a good portion) who don’t particularly like it when they express their opinions. This could also be seen as an example of how differently women are treated in the Korean entertainment industry.
What do you think of this?