Netizens are unsure how to feel about 'Food Diary'.
tvN recently launched their new reality show 'Food Diary' on May 30, which aims to show the complete process of how a dish comes to be, including invoking thoughts about where the meat comes from. In fact, the program invited the debate by asking netizens how they felt during the pilot episode. In this case, it involved the celebrities (featuring NCT's Taeyong, Oh My Girl's YooA, BoA, Lee Soo Geun, Park Sung Kwang, Seo Jang Hoon, and model Niklas Klabunde) raising the chickens themselves from the egg, eventually for their chicken stew.
The celebrities themselves expressed their uncertainty, saying, "I think this will be hard. I have to eat what I raised?", but Lee Soo Geun, who has experience farming, argued, "Our goal is to have a food diary. They're raised for food."
Professionals were also divided on the program. A professor from Dongyang University said, "I think this program will be hated on. You're not cooking a butchered chicken, but you raise a chicken from an egg, become happy that it hatched, and then eat it. One is chicken as food, and another is chicken that you watched grow and had emotional sympathy with. There is nothing morally wrong with people who are fine with eating the chicken they raised. But the people who are hurt by such a process should also be respected."
However, a professor from Kangwon University thought the opposite, saying, "The chicken in the program and a chicken at a farm are both chicken. If they exist, there is a reason for their existence. Chicken at farms also form connections with people. You're forming a double standard if you divide this chicken as this and that as that. Emotions do not counteract the essence of food."
Netizens were similarly divided. Some believed it was unnecessary to show the entire hatching process, including the celebrities' happy reactions when they hatched, while others argued in favor of an unfair double standard toward all meat. Yet others even believed it would spark new debate about vegetarians.
The tvN 'Food Diary' staff has yet to reveal if the cast members will end up eating their self-raised chickens in the end. During the show's press conference, the PD of 'Food Diary' said, "Whether to eat them or not to eat them is a process we are still in the stages of planning, so please watch the show to find out."
What do you think about the debate?