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'Oh Hae Young Again' criticized for scenes which seem to victimize and blame women

By jubilantj   Thursday, June 16, 2016   56,424   1,239   112



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A controversy is brewing around popular tvN drama 'Oh Hae Young Again' for its allegedly misogynistic content. 

On various social media channels and blogs, netizens are putting forth heated debate on a specific scene from the ninth episode of the drama which aired this past May 30. This particular scene is a kiss scene between the main leads Park Do Kyung (played be Eric) and Oh Hae Young (played by Seo Hyun Jin). Netizens are taking issue with how Park Do Kyung called Oh Hae Young "an easy woman" and how he forcibly grabbed and kissed her despite her protests to let her go. Netizens commented, "It's only [okay] because the the woman did not resist in the end but it was on the level of sexual assault." 

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Further, in the episode aired this past June 14, what Park Soo Kyung (played by Ye Ji Won) said to the women trying to take revenge on a playboy character named Lee Jin Sang (Kim Jin Suk) also stirred up complaint. Park Soo Kyung had rebuked the women, "You met him based on his qualifications. No, why don't you just keep on meeting him on his qualifications," which seemed to mock the women for their superficiality. The viewers expressed their displeasure with the scene, saying, "The lines made it as if the victims who were tricked by the playboy were at fault," and, "As if that wasn't enough, there were scenes where the victims were depicted as the 'villains' and defeated." 

What are your thoughts on this whole controversy?

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Rani_Lee Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Waaaah Ridiculous!!! How can you possibly take a drama scripts seriously!! Thats Insane!!

xpari Sunday, June 19, 2016

Given the misogyny I experience in my Asian bubble here in Europe.. I can understand why some people would be extra careful to point out potentially problematic content if the country they lived in was like that - And in all honesty, even outside of the Asian bubble, victim blaming is super popular, whether in private conversations or in official court rulings, so. :/ IDK, I get where they might be coming from.

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most_like Saturday, June 18, 2016

lol she was mocking herself for sleeping with that dude. she is actually not mocking the women

charmeliza Saturday, June 18, 2016

actually, the assessment on one scene varies from one's point of view. if you look at it that way ' sexual harassment", then mine i would assess differently..

bangeryun94 Saturday, June 18, 2016

Well dang.  I'd be willing to bet all these complainers would lose their minds if they ever watched an episode of Game of Thrones.

shawolinspirit1 Friday, June 17, 2016

No ,srsly , isn't it her fault as well for being blinded by his qualifications ?  she should have noticed that he's a fraud . they are victims yeah , but they brought it to themselves , they should have been careful .

icy_wolfie Friday, June 17, 2016

It's a drama.

JustMeMeg Friday, June 17, 2016

What we should ask is 'does the media reflect the society'  or is the society reflecting the media? I must admit this is just a drama buh sometimes the society reflects the media so the use of some sentences is not right. Also the media reflects the society too... Meaning there are a lot women out there who are way too easy than the oh hae young character.  With the playboy aspect that's a reality too... Some women get into relationships knowing that this guy is a playboy buh they still clinge unto because of the guy's reputation. And finally I mean come on... Eric had patient and was gentle with Oh hae young when she was being too violent towards him.  That kiss showed how much love he was harbouring inside and the fact that he doesn't want to show it. Pinning her to the wall meant that 'look here miss I'm restraining myself from loving u'  and the kiss meant that ' but my heart is giving me out'.  Let the interpretation be like this than a harsh one based on the story line. The reason why it's not a sexual assault is that she responded immediately he initiated the kiss. There's nothing wrong with the drama and it's lines. Believe me whatever is being showed happens in real life.  It's not new. Anyway I think it is good people are beginning to see through things than just being crazy fans. previously,  most Korean dramas showed too much power that men possessed.  The men were always on top of stuff while the ladies were portrayed with low esteem,  clinging unto the men, women always beg for love and the men decides when they like to acknowledge u. I didn't like those aspects of most Korean dramas previously buh I still enjoyed these dramas my own way.Now there has been a lot of improvement in K dramas so let's just enjoy it and do necessary criticism and refrain from the unnecessary ones.

ajshawol1990 Friday, June 17, 2016

As for sexual assault......Right.....about that one.....Don't ever get a boyfriend.

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