“Snowdrop” controversy has been solved in new statement of JTBC

JTBC releases a new statement regarding the “Snowdrop” controversy over alleged historical distortion. Let’s check right now below!

Snowdrop” controversy first rose in March regarding suspicions of historical distortion, which JTBC firmly denied at the time, releasing two statements in response to the public’s concerns. However, with the drama’s premiere episodes on December 18 and 19, backlash increased all over again thanks to the content of the drama.


A national Blue House petition was created on December 18 posing for the drama to be taken off-air. The petition states, “There are definite activist victims who were tortured and killed during the democratization movement because they were [falsely] accused of being spies with no grounds. Creating a drama with a plot like that despite this historical truth undermines the worth of the democratization movement.”

Viewers criticized several aspects of the drama including the male lead Su Ho being a true spy when many activists were actually killed for being falsely accused as spies and another male character having a back story when he’s a team leader at the Agency for National Security Planning (NSP), a part of the authoritarian regime at the time. Also criticized was the utilization of a song symbolic of the democratization movement during a scene where Su Ho, a spy, is feat from the NSP.

The petition has surpassed 300,000 signatures as of December 21 at 12 p.m. KST, already far above the minimum of 200,000 signatures required for the govt to retort. This controversy effects so much to 2 main characters are BLACKPINK’s Jisoo and Jung Hae In. Many sponsors have also announced their decisions to tug out from the drama. 

In response to the most important backlash, JTBC released a brand new statement on December 21:

“This is JTBC’s statement regarding the controversy about the drama “Snowdrop.”

Following the publication of “Snowdrop,” controversy isn’t dying down supported false information, so we are releasing an announcement.

First of all, the background and motif for important incidents in “Snowdrop” are the time of the military regime. With this background, it contains a fictional story of the party in power colluding with the North Korean government so as to keep up authority. “Snowdrop” could be a creative work that shows the private stories of people who were used and victimized by those in power.

There is no spy who leads the democratization movement in “Snowdrop.” The male and feminine leads weren’t shown as participating in or leading the democratization movement in episodes 1 and a couple of, and that they don’t do so in any part of the longer-term script.

Most of the misunderstandings regarding concerns of “history distortion” and “disparaging the democratization movement” criticized by many of us are going to be settled through the progress of the drama’s plot. The drama includes the assembly team’s intent of hoping for no repetition of an abnormal era within which individual freedom and happiness are oppressed by unjust power.

Although we unfortunately cannot reveal much of the plot previous to each episode, we ask that you simply check up on the longer-term progress of the plot.

In addition, so as to listen to the precious opinions regarding JTBC’s contents, we are going to hear diverse voices by opening the portal site’s real-time chat window and therefore the official viewers’ message board.

The main values that JTBC aims for are the liberty of content creation and independence of production. supported this, JTBC will still contribute full effort into showcasing great broadcasts.”

Don’t forget to catch up with the latest Korean entertainment news with us every day!


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  1. June 11, 2022




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