“Backstreet Rookie” premiered on June 19th and was met with solid ratings. The new SBS drama scored a nationwide average rating of 3.7 percent and 6.8 percent. It would seem that the show is off to a decent start, but it is already receiving some backlash.
“Backstreet Rookie” was advertised as a family-oriented, romantic comedy. The drama is about the love story between sweet Choi Dae Hyun (Ji Chang Wook) and fiery Jung Saet Byul (Kim Yoo Jung). But fans were shocked by the amount of sexually explicit scenes in the first episode. They are confused and very disappointed.
Viewers were not happy with the production team’s decision to make the girls in the show wear such short dresses. In the show, Saet Byul went to her interview and to work every day wearing short dresses and heels. During those scenes, the camera seemed to always focus on her bottom half. Also, when Saet Byul’s little sister went to karaoke with her other classmates, the camera also focused on the girls’ skirts.
Netizens were also not happy about Choi Dae Hyun and Jung Saet Byul’s first kissing scene. She was still in high school during that time and he was already a 30-year-old adult. So, the scene felt very inappropriate.
In another scene, Choi Dae Hyun almost gets arrested for being involved in prostitution. It was a misunderstanding. He went to the wrong room and manages to prove his innocence to the police after showing a document. However, in the scene you can see a woman dressed in a provocative maid outfit while a man in robe is crying in the back. The scene was meant to be funny but netizens did not enjoy it.
However, the most problematic scene is definitely the one involving Choi Dae Hyun’s best friend, Han Dal Shik. He is a webtoon writer who draws sexually explicit scenes in his room alone with no shirt on. In the scene, viewers could see Han Dal Shik moaning and hyperventilating while drawing a variety of naked women doing very suggestive activities.
Netizens feel that most of those scenes were very uncomfortable to watch and not family-oriented. They have started a petition to ask SBS to cancel the show. The SBS bulletin board already has over a thousand cancellation requests.
Have you watched “Backstreet Rookie“? Let me know in the comments if you also feel that the show should be canceled?