“Snowdrop”, which once raised suspicions of historical distortion, is receiving criticism again for subway ads. Ahead of its broadcast next month, it is important to consider whether the viewers will be reluctant to watch this drama.
After JTBC’s new Saturday-Sunday drama “Snowdrop” (written by Yoon Hyun-mi, directed by Jo Hyun-tak) was set to air, large-scale promotions, such as subway advertisements, are being carried out. This is the details of the project from the Vietnamese fanclub of BLACKPINK Jisoo, who starred in this drama. On the 25th of last month, an advertisement appeared at Gasan Digital Station on Seoul Subway Line 1, and another one is also expected to be presented at Jongno 3-ga Station.
Citizens encountering these advertisements are pouring out complaints online. Apart from criticizing this fanclub’s support, netizens pointed out that it was inconvenient even to see advertisements because this drama raised concerns about historical distortion. Some say they will proceed with filing complaints to cancel these advertisements. In addition, the news that the drama can only be streamed exclusively through the newly opened OTT service Disney+ has led to the boycott of Disney+.
Set in 1987 Seoul, “Snowdrop” tells the story of a desperate love that goes against the times between Suho, a prestigious college student who suddenly jumps into a women university dormitory while being wounded, and the female college student Youngro, who hides and takes care of Suho amidst the surveillance and extreme situation. However, the setting of activist Suho appearing as a spy dispatched from North Korea in this drama has caused controversies. It is also known as the controversy over ‘glorifying spies’.
In the script reading video, the main character played by Jung Hae-in was described as a “graduate student at a prestigious university who is a Korean living in Germany”. In this regard, some people are expressing discomfort by linking it to the Dongbaeklim spy manipulation incident. The case was announced by the Central Intelligence Agency at the time that 194 people among Korean residents and international students living in Western Europe entered the North Korean Embassy in East Berlin and engaged in activities as spies. However, the Supreme Court did not admit their crime as spies. This is called a representative spy manipulation case of the Park Chung-hee administration.
In this regard, JTBC explained, “The main background event was not the democratization movement, but the political situation at the time of the 1987 presidential election. It is a hypothetical story of the military regime and the National Security Agency conspire with the North Korean dictatorship to maintain vested rights”. Nevertheless, as the drama’s promotional projects proceed sequentially, the controversy over history issues seems to arise again.
Will the drama, which is set to air next month, unfold a story that does not violate the noble history of the democratization movement? Earlier, tvN’s “Mr.Queen” and SBS’s “Joseon Exorcist” were also called out for historical distortion, and “Joseon Exorcist” was eventually canceled. As there are precedent cases for historical issues, the importance of ethical and accurate script is also raised for “Snowdrop” This drama is set to premiere at 10:30 p.m. on December 18th.