Posted by jieun-im Saturday, June 12, 2021

'Penthouse 3' gets criticized by international audiences for their racist portrayal of a new character


On June 11, SBS drama 'Penthouse 3' aired an episode where they introduced viewers to a new character, Alex, who is from the United States. While this may have been an attempt to add to the plot twist of the highly popular drama, many viewers have found the character portrayal offensive.

In the recently aired episode, Alex, played by actor Park Eun Seok, walked into the scene with dreads and spoke in a way that resembled African American Vernacular English (AAVE). These actions are considered to be a form of cultural appropriation and thus, many disturbed international viewers took to Twitter to call out SBS for their actions. 

SBS further gathered criticism from their international audience, for posting still cuts of the character Alex on their official Instagram account. 

Fans of the drama series were especially disappointed, as the cast members had just recently stood against racism with their participation in the 'Live Together' campaign. SBS has yet to comment on the issue.

Stay tuned for updates.

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theoriginaldan116 pts Saturday, June 12, 2021 50
Saturday, June 12, 2021

I'm gonna be that guy: I actually don't have any issue with this.
Before anyone misreads what I'm about to say, (which is unlikely since this forum is full of Koreaboos who get offended easily...), I highly stand against racism and do not condone any racist acts including hate speech and acts such as blackface... ...but I really don't see anything wrong here.
If we really have any issues with the image and speech of the character, then what about ACTUAL people like Skull, Dok2, or even Timothy DeLaGhetto? Have you all seen the way they appear and talk? So suddenly portraying someone with dreadlocks or face tattoos is racist? Asians can't do that? We should ban Skull for "mocking" reggae and make him cut his dreadlocks then. We should cancel Dok2 for trying to be all "hip-hop". We should cancel Timothy for talking in all slangs and with southern hood accent. Why are we just targeting one single thing that was just to portray something normal?
Again, I'm not trying to start an argument or anything. Just food for thought.
You all can reply and make your stance, but I don't think it'll change how I see this.


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Debby_Joy237 pts Saturday, June 12, 2021 27
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Excuse me but, I'm black and I don't see the problem. Nowadays the cultural exchange happen everywhere.nwhy always do drama about it? He read the script and portrayed the character as he feel like. So what's the matter?


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