K-drama Snowdrop might be canceled due to Historical Distortion Controversy?
As a result of the recent controversy surrounding the SBS histoeical drama Joseon Exorcist, Korean nationalism is on the rise. Now, more than ever, viewers are wary of dramas that are suspicions of historical distortion.
In particular, netizens have started a movement in various online communities to boycott the upcoming JTBC drama Snowdrop.
According to the synopsis of the drama, it’s set in the year of 1987:
The story begins when a young man covered in blood (Jung Hae In) breaks into the dormitory of a university for women. A young student nurse (Jisoo from BLACKPINK) hides the injured man from authorities, believing it to be a protesting student. They fall in love with each other, but as the plot unfolds, the girl learns that the man is a trained spy of the “homeland” (the synopsis does not specify which ” homeland ”it is). Then the spy receives the order to kill her …
The drama stars Jung Hae In as an alleged “student protestor” Lim Soo Ho (who is later revealed to be a spy), Jisoo as a young nurse Eun Young Cho and Kim Hye Yoon as a student at the Ke Bun Ok University, Chan Son Jo and Jung Yoo Jin – as agents of the National Intelligence Service and many others.
Many netizens pointed out that the male surname “Lim” used for the character Jung Hae In and the name “Yeon Cho” used for the character Jisoo are real people who were student protesters at the time.
In fact, netizens find the entire synopsis of this drama series problematic, “mocking” and “humiliating” of Korean history.
Snowdrop is set in 1987, a hugely important year in the true history of South Korea. The year was marked by countless demonstrations by university students demanding fair democratic elections. Many students were harassed by the national intelligence services (which at the time were strictly controlled by the dictatorship) and sacrificed their lives. In June 1987, South Korea held its first “officially democratic” presidential elections. The student protests of 1987 are known to have “paved the way for democracy in South Korea”.
However, on the darker side of history, many student protesters have been captured, tortured and killed by the National Intelligence Service. Intelligence agents are often accused of beating, imprisoning and killing students as “spies”, although in most cases they were innocent. Indeed, at that time, there were famous “spies” who “disguised themselves” as student protesters, as in the story of “Snowdrop”.
Netizens used the footage from the shooting of the drama to accuse the production team of “romanticizing” the torture and murder of student protesters. Many have also found not only the protagonist’s backstory problematic, but the fact that the second protagonist / lover is a member of the National Intelligence Service is also controversial.
In addition, many internet users, including alumni of Ewha Women’s University, strongly criticize screenwriter Yoo Hyun Mi, who wrote the story of Snowdrop. The screenwriter is said to have graduated from Ewha Women’s University in 1988, meaning she was a student in the historic 1987.
Many netizens have used the above photo of real protesting Ewha University students to further criticize screenwriter Yoo Hyun Mi.
Viewers claim Snowdrop’s story “slanders the Korean democracy movement” and “is an insult to real student protesters,” many of whom are still facing lawsuits in an attempt to prove their innocence of participating in student protests .
As a result, the online movement is currently using many of the same measures that were used against Exorcist Joseon, filing complaints with JTBC, production companies associated with Snowdrop, and more.
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