Despite the huge publicity, a lot of it is backfiring on SBS shortly after the first episode of “Backstreet Rookie” aired.
“Backstreet Rookie” has taken over “The King: Eternal Monarch” time slot and marks the comeback project of two hallyu stars, Kim Yoo Jung and Ji Chang Wook. Fans had high expectations of the series but were confused and disappointed after the first episode aired.
One of the very first problematic scenes aired in first minute of the episode is of high school student Jung Saet-byeol (Kim Yoo Jung) kissing her 30 year old male co-star Choi Dae-hyun (Ji Chang Wook). Many netizens found the content problematic to say the least but it doesn’t end there.
Netizens also had issues with the camera filming angles for some of the scenes in “Backstreet Rookie.” One scene where high school students dance is filmed looking up to their chests and filming from down to up.
In another scene, Choi Dae-hyun goes to find Jung Saet-byeol’s house only to accidentally get arrested for prostitution. The scene shows a woman wearing a maid uniform and a grown man in a gown watching him get arrested.
In addition to that, Choi Dae-hyun’s high school alumni friend Han Dal-shik (Moon Suk) plays the role of a webtoon writer who draws figures of naked women, his scene shows his character moaning bouncing up and down while drawing his webtoon. International fans also found it problematic how the character is appropriating Jamaican culture with his hairstyle.
As a result of the many shocking sexually suggestive scenes, netizens have petitioned to SBS bulletin board asking for the drama to be canceled. There are over 26 thousand posts demanding this as of this writing.
SBS has not issued a response yet to the backlash over “Backstreet Rookie.”
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