During an interview with 'High Cut', he was given the question, "Guys probably will not be interested in the male version of 'Produce 101'. How do you plan to attract male viewers?" PD answered, "Female or male, people will watch it if the program has a good, strong format. It's a matter of quality."
He continued, "I'm not sure how to say this, but the reason why I first created the female version is because I wanted to make healthy pornography for guys. Even though the contestants just seem like a younger sister or niece, aren't they adorable? I wanted to create a type of porn that gives you that feeling, and the male version will also serve as that type of porn for female viewers. I once heard that Rain's performance was like porn for girls. The male version of 'Produce 101' aims to fill in that fantasy, and if it's entertaining enough then male viewers will watch it too."
Netizens, grossed out by the PD's intentions, commented, "WTF, he is sick", "He is seriously disgusting", "The majority of the contestants are underage. It's so gross how he had that kind of thought in mind when making the program. It gives me chills", "Okay.. That was something that I wish I never knew."