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Posted by Sophie-Ha Monday, August 1, 2022

How South Korea is reacting to the first gay couple/dating reality shows 'Marry Queer' and 'Man's Romance'

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Last month, the first Korean gay dating reality show, 'Man's Romance,' was released on Wavve. 'Man's Romance' is a program in which gay men who are seeking love move in together in one house in hopes of finding true love.

This new entertainment program garnered much attention being the first gay dating reality show. Additionally, the show gained much more attention when the contestants were revealed, and they all revealed their true emotions on television, candidly speaking about their feelings.

After the first episode aired, netizens showed positive reactions such as "Everyone is good looking," "Seems the world has changed a lot," and "This is a fresh new TV show." However, negative reactions also followed on the other hand. Some netizens commented, "I don't know what to think about this," "What kind of show is this?" and "This is truly the end of the age."

Wavve also released another television show titled 'Marry Queer' in which various queer couples who are dating in real life show their love story and their concerns for marriage. Compared to 'Man's Romance,' 'Marry Queer' deals with various real-life couples who are transgender, lesbian, and gay, dealing with love and concerns about marriage.

It is clear that Wavve has made efforts to show a different perspective on the various types of love that exist, and this was possible because society's attitude has changed so much over the years. Wavve also revealed that their objective is to show people the different forms of love that exist in Korea, and these shows have been well-received. In fact, 'Man's Romance' was the program that increased the number of new paid subscribers the most in the first week of release.

This change in perception was also found in the recently held 23rd Seoul Queer Parade. On the 16th, the in-person parade was held for the first time in three years since the outbreak of COVID-19. Seoul Plaza was filled with rainbow colors as thousands of people gathered to celebrate. Despite the rainy weather, about 130,000 people continued the march, shouting for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. 

However, there were a number of individuals who gathered opposing this movement. There was a rally held by Christian and conservative groups going against the queer festivals. An estimated 15,000 protesters criticized Mayor Oh Se Hoon for allowing the queer festival to be held in Seoul Plaza.

Additionally, some parents raised voices of concern against the show 'Man's Romance' protesting and saying that "it is a bad influence on children." Regarding this, the production crew of 'Man's Romance' stated, "We fully understand your concerns. There may be different views of the 'LGBTQ+' community, but in order to respect and understand diversity, we ask for your understanding and we will focus on showing the lives of these individuals as they are."

Likewise, there is much division in South Korea when it comes to the first gay programs that are airing on Wavve.

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Sanakat
Sanakat4,688 pts Monday, August 1, 2022 2
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I’ve been watching Marry Queer and I can tell you since it’s about real queer couples talking about their lives and even having open conversations with family members… it is beautiful, very emotional and at times deeply heartbreaking. Hearing a mother say she had nothing to say about her son when other mothers spoke of theirs because she felt ashamed, seeing them say that at times they would rather die than to accept. A father tell her daughter that her tears wouldn’t sway them… it’s very deeply sad at times. But it is also heart warming and cute. I think anti lgbtq+ people could find a good way to start with this show, if they truly feel like learning about other people.

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Yonsei-alumni146 pts Monday, August 1, 2022 0
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As someone who has been in Korea during pride, it was disheartening seeing so many people protesting against it. I'm glad they have organizations where they have mothers giving hugs to the youth that are queer to show their support for them when probably at home, they don't meet that same love.

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