The day before, news broke out that Kai had been cast as the male lead in youth drama 'Andante' alongside actress Jung Da Bin. Since then, whether in response to the backlash Kai has been getting or unrelated, KBS has announced that Kai's casting is still in discussion.
One netizen on an online community thinks that "the reason that idol actors get hated on is because of occurrences like these." They ranted, "Why does SM do this? Why would they make a kid who's been in a few web dramas suddenly the male lead in a public broadcasting station drama? Even in a supporting role on a public broadcasting station drama, it's easy to get hated on... Honestly, judging by his web dramas alone, I don't feel that he's all that good, but now, he has to do well to avoid backlash. And Kai gets all the pressure. One of his members who appeared on a historical drama, and not as a main character, plus he was bad in the beginning but showed improvement little by little, even he got torn down until he became dust? There are idols like Siwan, D.O, and Sungjae who are finally trying to show people that there are some idols who can act... but none of the three started out with a lead role. It's not that Kai is doing anything wrong, but I wish he just wouldn't. Honestly, from the perspective of a muggle (common term K-Nets use to refer to non-idol-fans), I would just not want to watch a drama with an idol as the lead."
Others seemed to agree, adding, "Even if it is for a morning drama, there are so many actors out there who work their heads off to land a lead role in a public broadcasting station morning drama, so what does this make them...? Doing this all because of an idol's popularity is really not it. It's not like we have no idea what his acting skills are like either", "I think Kai should have actively rejected this. They say in Sungjae's case, there have been roles he rejected. In SM, do you not have a choice on the matter?", and more.
Even EXO-L seem to be on the agreeing side, saying, "From a fan's perspective, it's not all that welcoming news either", "When Kai came out an a web drama, I watched the 1st episode and stopped watching... I wish they wouldn't make the ones who aren't good at acting act...", and so on.
What are your thoughts on Kai being cast as the male lead of 'Andante'?