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K-netizens re-examine the story of Oh Yoon-ah and her autistic son Min after seeing comments disrespecting disabled people in “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”

While ENA’s drama “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”, which deals with autism spectrum disorder, is attracting attention, netizens have brought up the story of actress Oh Yoon-ah.

Many viewers expressed their sympathy for disabled people after seeing the scene that portrayed the social prejudice against disabilities in the recent episode of ENA’s “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” broadcast on July 6th. 

In that episode, the main character Woo Young-woo (Park Eun-bin), a lawyer with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), was deeply hurt after reading negative comments disgracing autistic people. Viewers who watched this scene recalled the story of actress Oh Yoon-ah and her son Min.

Oh Yoon-ah

Oh Yoon-ah began to appear on KBS2’s “Stars’ Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant” in 2020 and revealed her daily life with her son Min, who has ASD. Last year, the actress gathered with three mothers with autistic children and had a deep conversation on the show.

When asked the easy question “Which school do you send your son to?”, Oh Yoon-ah explained with a long story, saying “He has autism. My son is not healthy”.

Oh Yoon-ah

Oh Yoon-ah, who had a hard time wondering if she should talk about her son’s unhealthy condition, decided to come on the show and let everyone know that she has a child with ASD. The actress was then surprised that the viewers’ responses to Min were more positive than she thought. 

In fact, the comment under articles about Oh Yoon-ah and Min were full of praises and favorable opinions, such as “I’m also raising a child with the same disability. Your story gives me more strength”, “I’m always rooting for your family”, etc.

Oh Yoon-ah

In response, Se-hee’s mother agreed, “Normally, there are many negative comments under articles about the disabled, but the responses for Oh Yoon-ah and Min are so good”. Se-hee’s mother smiled happily and said, “They are cheering on Oh Yoon-ah but I also feel encouraged somehow.”

In response to the broadcast, some netizens commented, “I also had the prejudice against disabled people at first but I’m already reflecting on myself”, “People with disabilities should be treated equally”, etc. 

Oh Yoon-ah

Source: Insight

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