Pressure is mounting on tvN to fire Jang Dong-min following a poorly received broadcast of the variety show 'Player'. On the September 1st broadcast of 'Player' there's a segment where the show's regulars pass judgment on various real world rappers for a parody segment of the popular rap competition program 'Show Me the Money'.
In the segment, teenage rapper Heo Seon-ho finishes a part and afterwards says that she wants a specific necklace. Jang Dong-min responds by saying he wants Heo Seon-ho's phone number, to which she replies that she is only seventeen years old.
The segment alone may have been played off as a joke, except that there is another segment where Heo Seon-ho is behaving with deliberate hostility to the camera outside of the stage. It is unclear whether Heo Seon-ho is genuinely angry or simply performing in a way that is intended to be amusing in the context of her teenage rapper brand.
But even under the best possible interpretation viewers clearly saw Jang Dong-min's joke to be in very poor taste. tvN has confirmed that they have received an unusually large number of complaints about the program and the production company is expected to offer a statement on the matter in the near future.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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