An online petition to cancel K-drama ‘Snowdrop’ garnered more than 200,000 signatures. The new historical K-drama series is starring Jung Hae-in and BLACKPINK’s Jisoo. This hotly anticipated winter drama has been aired on the South Korean television network JTBC. However, before the premiere show, it had been embroiled in controversy.
An online petition was called for its cancellation at the executive office and official residence of South Korea’s head of state which is known as the Blue House. After that, the petition has reached over 200,000 signatures.
The series “Snowdrop” tried to capture South Korea’s pro-democracy movement in 1987. It was a pivotal year for South Korea indeed. Though the director Jo Hyun-tak explained about the series, “a story of individuals and is not about politics or ideology”. However, several scenes from the series have sparked controversy.
Jo also disclosed how he convinced BLACPINK’s Jisoo to perform in this project, “[I remember saying], ‘You have to do it no matter what” He also said, “imploring and compelling her to take the role.”
Especially a scene created a huge controversy. In that scene, female lead Young-ro (Jisoo), saves a North Korean spy. The petition reads, “Many activists were tortured and died after being falsely accused of being North Korean spies. I believe that the content of the drama defames the value and reputation of the democratization movement.”