” Backstreet Rookie” has received around 6,384 civil complaints in counting. According to a representative of the Korea Communications Standards Commission (KOCSC), this is the greatest number of civil complaints received in the last year for a television program. Moreover, this is one of the greatest numbers of complaints ever received for a television program in general.
Following this influx of complaints, Media Today today revealed that “Backstreet Rookie” was under review because of the various sexually suggestive scenes and the show could face disciplinary actions.
The chairwoman of KOCSC’s subcommittee held a meeting on July 8 and decided that they needed to hear a “statement of opinion” from the production team after looking at the first episode. They have determined that the first episode violated many provisions of the broadcasting regulations. A statement opinion involves bringing someone from the production team and asking them why they chose to make this broadcast.
The committee members are also criticizing the drama’s rating. The drama is based on the webtoon which was rated 19+. But they decided to rate the drama 15+ without making any adjustments during the editing process or the writing process. They kept many of the sexually suggestive scenes and profane language.
A committee member named Kang Jin Sook complained that the drama sexually objectifies female teenagers through the perspective of men. The production team did not make changes when it comes to the camera angles focusing on the teenage girls’ lower half. They also kept a scene where a teenager asks an older man to buy her cigarettes and ends up kissing him. They also were not careful about how to represent the scene in which the webtoon author makes moaning noises while drawing naked women.
All those factors, in the committee’s opinion, so far suggest that there are a lot of fundamental problems with the directing choices made.
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