Youth romance drama 'Cheer Up' received criticism for its unrealistic portrayal of dating violence in one of their scenes.
In the 6th episode of SBS's drama 'Cheer Up' broadcast on October 18 KST, one of the scenes showed the character of Tae Cho Hee (played by fromis_9's Jang Gyuri) encountering her ex-boyfriend. In this scene, Tae Cho Hee's ex-boyfriend confronts her and suddenly slaps her across the face without prior notice. He then says, "You dared to block me?" After being physically attacked by her ex-boyfriend, Tae Cho Hee calmly tells him, "To be clear, you were the first one to hit me." She then slaps her ex-boyfriend, knees him, and repeatedly hits him with her bag, quickly overpowering him.
With Tae Cho Hee's ex-boyfriend completely defeated on the ground, she firmly tells him to "never come look for [me] again". While it was a scene that originally garnered attention for being a refreshing moment of Tae Cho Hee teaching her ex-boyfriend a lesson, the scene soon received criticism for its quite unrealistic portrayal of dating violence. In response, netizens commented, "It was refreshing, but it was super unrealistic", "Even if it's a drama, the gap in their physical body size is large so this really doesn't make any sense", "Female individuals shouldn't copy this in real life and should just call the police", "This is [like] a fantasy drama", and more.
Watch the scene below!