(Photo : KBS2 ) The KBS2 youngster drama, "Moorim School" is at the middle of controversy after Chinese netizens expressed their displeasure at a scene where Hongbin of VIXX and Lee Hyun Woo burn several yuan notes, the currency used in mainland China.
According to an English-language document published by way of The Korea Times, several Chinese shops reported the negative reaction from viewers.
"Moorim School no intentions to defame China or Chinese culture," stated KBS spokesperson. "Moorim School' reruns and VOD (video on demand) will partly delete the image."
(Photo : KBS2 ) The fourth episode of the supernatural school drama, which aired on January 19, depicts the actors in a wooded, middle of the night setting, where they are faced with the verdict of burning the yuan or sufferingduring thewintry weather weather.
Hongbin portrays Wang Chi Ang, a privileged Chinese top schooler who returns to the Korea, at the request of his parents. However, Hongbin is a Korean-born local who does now not claim heritage from mainland China.
His agency, Jellyfish Entertainment, has yet to factor a remarkin regards to the situation.
The prevailing sentiment of domestic forum users used to be that the responses from Chinese netizens were harsher than what turned into necessary. Yet there were several Korean-language posts which showed empathy againstaudience who were angered by the scene.
"It is an act which undermines the law that burning cash is unlawful in China and the face of the notes depict Chinese currency," said one commenter, in a statement published by Famous person Seoul TV.
Another respondent drew a correlation between the expectancies American voters accept for remedy of the U.S. dollar.
"Do you watched American citizens would deliver wrathif Chow Yun Fan a Chinese movie star gave the impact to burn dollars," wondered another forum user.
The controversy surrounding "Moorim School," follows a highly contentious scandal involving Tzuyu, the 16-year-old Taiwan-born member of the K-pop womancrew TWICE, who was accused of supporting the Taiwanese independence movement.
The claims opposed to Tzuyu were issued thru several inflammatory Weibo posts published by Huang An, a Chinese vocalist who delivered the claims after staring at a scene from the diversity show, "My Little Television," where the young K-pop idol waves the flag for Korea and Taiwan.
The "Moorim School" controversy follows fresh reports referring to the tenuous courting between Korean drama manufacturers and mainland Chinese censors, which has ended in the burgeoning style of post-production broadcasts, as led by "Descendants of the Sun."
"In China, a significantmarketplace for exported South Korean shows, tightening regulations regarding domestic streaming sites very much impacted the South Korean Television industry's functionality in the market," said a reporter for the Global Times, an English-language newsletter that covers mainland Chinese news.
As K-Drama and K-pop continue to infiltrate the mainland market, allegations of cultural or ancient insensitivity mightdevelop into more prevalent than prior to now expected.