A new petition demanding the cancellation of JTBC’s newest drama “Snowdrop” has been launched and its already garnered massive attention.
“Snowdrop” premiered on December 18 last night and k-netizens reactions to the drama have been very critical. Previously, there was massive controversy surrounding “Snowdrop.” The controversy surrounding the drama began a while back, with people taking issue with the drama for multiple reasons including fears of distorting history since it is set in a key year in South Korea’s popular democratic movement that led to the establishment of the present-day republic.
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“In addition, we ask you to refrain from reckless criticism of a drama that has not even been revealed.”
K-netizens fears were confirmed after “Snowdrop” premiere last night. This includes fears of the beautifcation of the NSA agents becoming a reality through the premiere. The NSA (The Agency for National Security Planning) was part of the authoritarian regime at the time, and killed and tortured students who participated in the movement.
Added to that, one particular scene also gained massive backlash, the scene in question uses ‘dear pine, dear pine’ as background music as the NSA agent runs after the North Korean spy character. Many k-netizens found this to be especially problematic as this was the theme song used to sing about the suffering and ultimate victory of those who carried out the democratization movement in the 80s.
As a result of the premiere of “Snowdrop,” a netizen has uploaded a new petition to the Blue House website. The petition reads, ‘petition to stop airing the drama ‘Snowdrop.’
The description of the petition goes into details of how the drama undermines the value of the democratization movement, it also references the ‘dear pine, dear pine’ scene. The petitioner also argues that since the drama airs on another OTT platform,‘Disney+,’ it can instill a false view of the history of the democratization movement in many foreigners’ minds.
In a mere couple of hours, “Snowdrop” petition surpassed 100k signatures. As of this writing, the petition has surpassed 168k signatures. As a result, the Blue House must respond to the petition as per their regulations.
JTBC has not yet publicly addressed the mounting backlash against the drama.
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