Since its premiere mid-June 2020, SBS‘s new K-Drama Backstreet Rookie has been controversial — to say the least.
In one of its most recent episodes, a scene captured a Nigerian customer using the convenient store…
Tell me why this is on a popular kdrama in this day and age🤢 As much as I love Ji Changwook, this drama has got to go🙅🏾♀️🙅🏾♀️🙅🏾♀️🙅🏾♀️ pic.twitter.com/1ZUjLmJ6RT
— Cadz⁷ (@Caddz_) July 3, 2020
… and encountering the cartoonist character Han Dal Sik.
The interaction between the said customer and Han Dal Sik is under fire for being racist and stereotypical.
How did this even get pass the editing board [because] this is FUCKING DISGUSTING.
— Twitter @bts_SlaveSive
From the Korean man’s reaction when the Nigerian customer enters the store…
— Korean Man
… to Han Dal Sik’s undeniable cultural appropriation…
We are Jamaican family!
— Character Han Dal Sik
… international viewers are outraged by Backstreet Rookie for producing and airing this scene.
In fact, some viewers have been uncomfortable with Han Dal Sik’s character since the very beginning…
Something that’s really bothering me with #BackstreetRookie is the blatant cultural appropriation of black culture. They really really REALLY didn’t have to do this. I am so sick of seeing things like this all the time. It adds absolutely NOTHING to the storyline. It’s rude and- pic.twitter.com/7hp14OPNs5
— oh you have to taste it ¹⁰ (@ClouddNine_) June 22, 2020
… so the recent scene only “became proof” that Backstreet Rookie is indeed problematic.
SBS has not yet responded to the growing criticism. The viewers, however, continue to move together in “reporting” the scene to the channel and its people in charge.
got it. i sent an email here to sbs, the network that runs the show: firstname.lastname@example.org and here’s the email address of their heads: pic.twitter.com/01FXQkWLUO
— Marzi⁷ ⟭⟬ (@taegibestboys) July 3, 2020