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'Produce 101' PD criticized for saying the show was intended to be healthy pornography

By yckim124   Thursday, July 21, 2016   124,127   6,734   0



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Producer Han Dong Chul revealed a bizarre, unexpected, and provocative reason for why he created the show 'Produce 101'. 

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." 

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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." 

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marrsmelo Friday, June 30, 2017

Blame the PDnim, not the trainee(s). They might be innocent. However, I enjoyed this program so much.

Sam091094 Sunday, May 14, 2017

He might have used the wrong word to describe his intentions. Being an idol is nothing without fan services. It's automatically included in their line of work. PD-nim said he wants quality. From what I understood about the word "Quality", it has to be unquestionalbly excellent in all aspects. If we're talking about the trainees, they should be able to show quality skills like singing, dancing, rap and charming fans. Also, the production, costumes, make-ups, lessons, promotions etc. should be excellent too. But I guess PD-nim just said what fans often denies or hides. It's similar to a guilty pleasure. But I sure wished he had said it in a more professional way. Because the way he said his intentions is like a slap on the face towards fans and the trainees. Be more professional PD-nim. Because your image and professionalism is on the line. Idols aren't the only once who can be in the center of controversies. Fans like me also wants quality and not bull-bull. I agree with you that fans have guilty pleasure towards their idols. Maybe that is one of the reasons why the Big 3 companies did not participate in the show because their reputations are on the line.

Daebak_TaeTae Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gosh, this PD is absolutely disgusting

r_c137 Monday, November 28, 2016

Maybe his usage of the word "porn" was "a bit much" or too provocative. No off limits body parts were shown (unless you think legs are too scandalous) and no sex acts where performed. I didn't think of the show as being scandalous. Just a showcase of talented, attractive girls who happen to be young.I don't care THAT much about boy groups. They all seem pretty much the same to me within their various concepts (cute, hip-hop, etc). So, I won't be as interested in seeing a male version of Produce 101. But I will watch a 2nd season of the female version of Produce 101.

Exo_Leia Saturday, July 23, 2016

What on earth.. I laughed because that can't be serious, especially when you have underage girls on there.

Newbie_loving Saturday, July 23, 2016


almighty_umma Saturday, July 23, 2016

Okay... nope, his way of talking was disgusting... I mean even if kpop sexualized idols it's not something you say in public, you know... these girls and boys have parents and families, no one wants to hear that her or his talented daughter or son went to shot a healthy porn instead of competing to achieve their dreams...

federick Saturday, July 23, 2016

Dude you failed then. Mine didn't move an inch watching the show.

kpoplover308 Friday, July 22, 2016

Dude is just being real. You people are fooling yourselves if you haven't realized by now how kpop sexualizes idols. The industry has been all about sex, sex and more sex for some time now. The crap some of these idols have to wear. Sex sells, period.

bapeal kpoplover308 Friday, July 22, 2016

yes of course. but for him to publicly say that this show was created for the sole purpose of gazing at these contestants as if they're masturbation material is disturbing and it also does not help that most, if not all, are underaged.

kgm23 kpoplover308 Friday, July 22, 2016

you must not know the difference between a titillating music video/performance, and porn. Shame lol

kgm23 Friday, July 22, 2016

my guess is there's something lost in translation in the man's comments...

kpoplover308 kgm23 Friday, July 22, 2016

There's something called soft porn. And dmn is it ever good. Kpop is asian soft porn to me. Case and point, mr fancam. lolz

kgm23 kpoplover308 Tuesday, July 26, 2016

still, lost in translation methinks :(

Zoeyxvx kpoplover308 Monday, August 15, 2016

i mean... it could be true. but in the kpop industry, it's just preferred not to admit to it.

kgm23 Zoeyxvx Friday, August 19, 2016

it's an absolutely ridiculous comment, given that some of the members are under 17 years old probably...but my guess is the word he used can be applied to 'sexy' television adverts so 'porn' is definitely the wrong word then and makes it sound sick

bapeal Friday, July 22, 2016

sexualizing underaged girls and boys... ok

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