OCN’s Wednesday and Thursday drama, “Class of Lies”, is under fire for sexualizing the members of IZ*ONE.
The drama focuses on Gi Moo-hyeok (Yoon Kyun Sang), a lawyer who goes undercover as a teacher in Chunmyung High School where a murder took place.
The offending scene featured a police officer sitting down during his break and watching IZ*ONE’s variety show IZ*ONE Chu. The officer says, “Wow look at those breasts” and “The second I get discharged, I’ll get a girlfriend like this.”
So this guy on #ClassOfLies was watching izone chu and said '우와 가슴 봐' wc means (wow look at those breasts) and added "The second I get discharged, I'll make a gf like this"
Half of izone are literally minors and they're sexualizing them on tv?? Pls do something @staff_izone pic.twitter.com/c6A4aKbHSL
— 밍 (@minjoossama) August 24, 2019
Fans and non-fans alike were outraged at his words, firstly because he was likely talking about Yujin who is among the minors in IZ*ONE.
Episode 11 there was a video from izone chu s2 and in this video yujin appeared and the one who was watching said "wow look at the breast yujin is a minor and 03 liner and literally nobody talked about this and they see it as a normal thing please rt and spread it #saveIZONE pic.twitter.com/DkAaukGFoN
— جنو #FLAϟH (@yenaawoniie) August 24, 2019
YUJIN IS A MINOR
PLEASE DON'T DO THIS TO HER
BUT YOU HAVE TO KNOW harassment is not justified even though the victim is not a minor!! SAY NO TO HARASSMENT!!
PLEASE DO SOMETHING, DON'T SLEEP ON THIS CASE!! #SaveIzone @staff_izonepic.twitter.com/3aF54J9PnE
— veli (@izonekwonbie) August 24, 2019
They pointed out that regardless of age, no one deserves to be harassed especially in front of national television.
this is disgusting. more than half of izone members are literally MINORS. and even if they're not, sexualizing women like this is not acceptable and it's just so stupid that idols are so sexualized #saveIZONE
— 📌 [ˢᵉᵐᶦ⁻ᶦⁿᵃᶜᵗᶦᵛᵉ] (@theahyeahs) August 24, 2019
please help raise awareness, it’s not okay for yujin or any of the members to be sexualized on national tv, especially the minors, this is not okay at all. OTR do something about this #saveizone @staff_izone pic.twitter.com/HRZEDuizVW
— yujin loops (@ayjloops) August 24, 2019
Netizens called for the show to be cancelled, wondering how the episode was even allowed to be aired.
— ##FLAϟH (@byemfal) August 24, 2019
— 유키 (@getwonbaed) August 24, 2019
At the end of the day, netizens pointed out that the least the show writers can do is to apologize.
when we all thought sexualizing izone is just inside the social media but then here's #ClassOfLies publicly doing it in front of south korea. you are fucking disgusting whoever wrote it & chose an izone video. apologize & cancel the drama @OCN_ORIGINAL @official_izone #saveIZONE
— pau 🧸 (@itschaeyeontime) August 24, 2019