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Posted by alim17 Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Netizens criticize 'Mask King' for body shaming TWICE's Jihyo

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Netizens are riled up for the rude way the panelists on MBC's singing program 'Mask King' handled a contestant on the show, noting how this seems to be a pattern and a habit with them.


On July 26, someone posted 'Viewers' Opinion' on the home page of the show, expressing discomfort and disappointment and asking for an apology and a promise that this will not happen again.


Back on July 24, a singer appeared on the show with the 'Child Specter' name and mask. However, the judgmental comments of a few of the celebrities in the panel made viewers squirm with discomfort.


The panelists judged the singer's body with weirdly specific comments like, "She seems like a mother with a child," "These days, idols are very thorough at taking care of their figure, but she seems to have the turtle neck syndrome," "Her trapezius muscle stands out," "I don't think she's an idol," and more.  Afterwards, the singer was revealed to be none other than TWICE's Jihyo.




After the broadcast, many viewers flooded the internet with disapproving comments like, "Just like the name, 'Mask King' chooses the masked voice, but it seems they are focusing more on the person's body than his or her voice," "To harass someone like that because of his or her body.  I was extremely uncomfortable because of that part.  You should have edited it out before broadcasting it," "I am really enjoying 'Mask Body King.' Unless you're going to officially apologize and plow up your panelists, just continue the show under the changed title 'Mask Body King,'" "They sing while wearing a mask to avoid discrimination, so why do you always try to guess the age through external factors like the body?  Eyebrows were always raised whenever you inferred the age through the body, but wow, she must have been so hurt through this broadcast," "This is my first time writing out my opinions; even though they sing with masks on, I really don't think judging their body is the right thing.  Apologize, and I hope that you will do a feedback," "I thought your pointing out things about the participants' appearance was a bit severe, and just as expected, there is an explosion of grievances.  I believe this reaction is a given," "Why don't you just do 'Mask Best Body' instead of 'Mask King'?  I'm extremely disappointed," "Isn't this a program to find talented people by listening to their singing without considering their looks?  I don't know why people who don't know this purpose are sitting over there and listening to the singing," "The viewers wish that the panelists' comments making judgments about appearances would disappear and that there would be an apology," and more.


Producer Noh Si Yong spoke up about the criticism with, "Seeing as how they have to guess the identity through limited information like the voice because the face is covered by the mask in this program, this happened while they were trying to make deductions through the outer appearance.  However, it should have been kept in mind that the viewers could be uncomfortable by deductions like these.  The production crew will be careful so that something like this will not happen again as we work on the program."

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