Controversy has erupted over MBC’s “Tomorrow” using real names and dates of birth of BTS members in a list of people who died.
Starring Kim Hee Sun, SF9’s Rowoon, and Lee Soo Hyuk, MBC’s ongoing fantasy drama “Tomorrow” follows grim reapers in the underworld whose job is to guide the dead and save the lives of suicidal people.
In episode 7 of “Tomorrow” broadcast on April 22nd, a scene has enraged BTS’s fans. Specifically, in the controversial scene, a document titled “The entry list of the deceased” reads, “Kim Tae Hyung, December 30, 1971, Kim Yu Rim, September 1, 1997.” The name and date of birth coincide with BTS’s V, whose real name is Kim Tae Hyung, born on December 30. Only the year was changed from 1995 to 1971. As for Jungkook, who was born on September 1, 1997, the name written in the scene was replaced but the birthday is exactly the same.
This scene has now become a hot topic on Korean online communities. There have been a series of complaints posted on the bulletin board of “Tomorrow” viewers as they protest against the production crew’s thoughtless and disrespectful action.
Netizens are extremely angry and suspect the production crew of “Tomorrow” of deliberately using BTS members’ personal information maliciously to gain attention. Currently, MBC has not addressed this controversy.
Here are some netizens’ comments:
- The cause of death is murder. This is so disturbing and malicious.
- MBC crossed the line. Apologize to BTS immediately.
- There’s no way this is a coincidence. Why did they do this?
- This is horrible. The drama’s crew and MBC must explain and apologize.
Meanwhile, “Tomorrow” premiered to a promising start but is losing popularity and has continued to experience sharp drops in ratings, recording the lowest average nationwide rating of only 2.3% in episode 13, a major decrease from 7.6% in episode 1, according to Nielsen Korea.