On July 8th, Ji Chang Wook uploaded a video of himself and actor Eum Moonsuk doing a series of martial arts/acrobatic moves in their “Backstreet Rookie” character’s costumes.
The post immediately received a lot of negative feedback from the international community. They felt that the post was racist and inappropriate.
This stems from the fact that many people have voiced their complaints regarding actor Eum Moonsuk’s character. In the show, he plays a webtoon artist named Han Dal Sik who attempts to dress and talk like Jamaican people. But most people feel that the character’s portrayal degrades Jamaican people.
The show has had many questionable scenes that put into question why the writer chose to have such a character in the drama. From Han Dal Sik picking flies from his locks to the Nigerian customer saying he is part of the Jamaican family ( Nigeria and Jamaica are two different countries), it seems that the writer is not clear what is the difference between diversity and cultural appropriation.
Fans are disappointed that Ji Chang Wook displayed the character on his personal Instagram page.
How do you feel about Eum Moonsuk’s character? Let me know in the comments.