Posted by Sophie-Ha Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Netflix Korea shares their position in regards to the skin color statement controversy on 'Single's Inferno'


On the afternoon of January 19, Netflix's 2022 Korean content lineup announcement meeting was held online. Kang Dong Han, the VP of Korean content for Netflix, attended the event.

Previously, Netflix's entertainment program 'Single's Inferno' was embroiled in a controversy regarding the contestants' statements about skin color. At that time, the problem was that male contestants looked at the skin of a female contestant and used expressions such as "She's so pale and looks innocent" and "Her skin is really white." Some international viewers interpreted it as an obsession and severe colorism, causing a wave of criticism.

In this regard, VP Kang said, "There are actually too many concerns about this. If you think about it, it is not long since Netflix started streaming worldwide. In the cultural aspect, there are things that are acceptable in Korea but not in other countries. So yes, there are countless cases of this concern.”

He continued to explain, "So we realized the studies on humanities were necessary. And it is very important and we are considering with most seriousness. There are instances when we do our own translation, subtitles, dubbing, and more, but there are cases when we hire a third-party company." He continued to say, "We are taking this opportunity and are learning with a humble attitude." 

Meanwhile, 'Single's Inferno' is a Netflix original reality show in which single men and women are stranded on an island and can only escape when they find their mate. The show garnered much attention and popularity globally. 

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Aga_C5,623 pts Wednesday, January 19, 2022 17
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Eh, changing the translation isn't going to stop the fact that they are still saying this stuff? Are they going to just not translate the colourist stuff or... ?

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hotmamajama945 pts Wednesday, January 19, 2022 15
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

I mean, it really is time for the world to see how SKorea, if not most Asian countries in general, favor and prefer light-skinned over dark-skinned. I get the cultural meaning behind it but it's baffling to be in 2022 now and see just unashamed men objectifying women over the color of their skin. It totally is colorism, since it's still discrimination within the same ethnic group. The obsession with pale skin or bleaching to get it is insane. That's why I really appreciate people like Jessi or Hyolyn or Hwasa who have embraced themselves and the natural color of their skin.

And this response just sounds like, yeah we understand where you're coming from, and it's actually a really acceptable form of judgment here, we really prefer our women to get as close to the color of boiled chicken as possible, but we'll try to prevent that in the future by just rephrasing it a different way with our subs/dubs so you don't misunderstand.

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