“Isn’t the med school student dying while the autistic guy living a national loss?”… Hate comments against disabled people in “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” draw attention

The social prejudice against disabled people depicted in “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” left a great shock to the viewers.

In the 3rd episode of ENA’s “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”, which aired on the evening of July 6th, Woo Young-woo (Park Eun-bin) was seen defending Kim Jung-hoon (Moon Sang-hoon), an autistic client. Kim Jung-hoon was accused of hitting his older brother Kim Sang-hoon (Lee Bong-joon) to death.

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Woo Young-woo was able to prove that Kim Jung-hoon was not guilty of causing injury and death to his brother as she found a diary revealing that Kim Sang-hoon attempted suicide several times. 

The father Kim Jin-pyeong (Sung Ki-yoon) angrily said, “Are you disgracing my son, a gifted student who attended Seoul Medical School with a perfect CSAT score?”

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In response, Woo Young-woo said, “Isn’t getting a sentence reduction for Kim Jung-hoon, who is alive, more important than the honor of Kim Sang-hoon, who is dead? He can’t be seen as a person who beat his own brother to death without any particular reason”. However, Kim Jin-pyeong said, “What makes you so special that you’re judging my sons? You’re autistic yourself!”.

Later, Woo Young-woo stayed in the office alone to look up articles about the case she was in charge of. 

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There were many shocking comments under the article titled “A med school student killed by his autistic younger brother”. The ‘BEST’ comments with many likes were “Isn’t the med school student dying while the autistic guy living a national loss?”, “I’m sure he’ll be found not guilty by pleading insanity.

The article was full of negative opinions on autistic people, such as “He knows everything even if he has autism. Send him to prison”, “I have an autistic neighbor and it’s actually scary taking the elevator with him”, “This is why they should be isolated”, “Let’s not go easy on him just because he’s autistic”, etc.

Woo Young-woo’s hand shook and she cried while reading those comments. 

It is true that the prejudice against disabled people is still severe and this story, which is portrayed in the drama, made the viewers reflect on themselves.

Internet users responded, “I think I’ve read articles with negative comments full of prejudices like that”, “Humans are all equal”, “This drama delivered a proper social message”, etc.

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Meanwhile, “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” depicts the survival of rookie lawyer Woo Young-woo, who has a genius brain and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It airs every Wednesday and Thursday at 9 p.m.

Source: insight

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