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“Isn’t this bullying?” Following Yoo Jae Seok’s crisis theory, “Running Man” is facing another problem

Most entertainment programs often have one or two members being the center of “being teased.” In “Running Man,” Ji Seok Jin plays that role. However, some viewers are uncomfortable seeing them teasing Ji Seok Jin, who always appears with a similar concept.

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In SBS’ “Running Man,” which aired on Nov 13th, Yoo Jae Seok, who played as a “human navigation,” was given the role of a Seoul guide. In this episode, the members ran a race throughout Seoul without navigation. Yoo Jae Seok took the wheel, and expressed his confidence, saying, “Why would you use the navigation while driving?” and “I can go around Seoul even with my eyes closed.”

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Their first destination was a book cafe near Inwang Mountain. Yoo Jae Seok looked at the map and recognized it at a glance, saying, “This is near Gyeongbokgung Palace.” He insisted that they should turn left near the Independence Gate. Yang Se-chan also agreed with Yoo Jae Seok’s words. However, Ji Seok-jin, who was in the passenger seat, expressed a different opinion from theirs. He claimed they should go straight along the overpass.

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In the end, Ji Seok Jin was right, but the members ignored him, saying, “Seok Jin, please be quiet,” and “You just need to doze off, said ‘Is that so?’ and get off the car when we announce that we have arrived.

Ji Seok Jin was teased even after getting the direction right. The members, who later found out that Ji Seok Jin was right, began to tease him once again.

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When Ji Seok Jin said, “I told you to go straight,” Kim Jong Kook continued to tease him with Yoo Jae Seok, saying, “Oh, we can go straight then. Why are you so angry?” In the end, Yang Se Chan laughed, saying, “Seok Jin, how many people are you fighting againts?

Although it is an entertainment program with a concept, some netizens who watched the broadcast complained that they were uncomfortable watching the episode. This is because the cast have been overly teasing Ji Seok Jin recently.

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After the episode went on air, it is bombarded with disappointing feedback from viewers. Even if they tried to see it as an entertainment show, many are upset by the repetitive scenes of the members working together to tease one specific person. Many viewers criticized the cast’s behavior, saying, “Aren’t they group bullying him?” “I know it’s just a character, but I hope they won’t be like that in the future,” “Is this episode a special where they bully a specific member?” and “No matter how much Ji Seok Jin’s concept is, it’s getting worse,” “I’m here to have fun, but end up frowning,” “It’s uncomfortable to see Ji Seok Jin being teased too much,” “I feel bad for him even if I understand that it’s just a joke,” and “If Yoo Jae Seok and Kim Jong Kook are on the same side, the other members can’t say anything.” Some netizens added, “Since Lee Kwang Soo is gone, only Ji Seok Jin is their target now.

On the other hand, there are also reactions such as “The members seemed to have overreacted because the mission was boring,” “Many are upset by what they did to Ji Seok Jin, but it’s just his character,” “I think these scenes are shown because they need a lot of footages from that situation,” and “Entertainment is just entertainment.”

Meanwhile, “Running Man” is an entertainment show that first aired in July 2010 and has been continuing for 12 years. The show is loved by many domestic and foreign fans.

Source: Insight

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