K-drama ‘Racket Boys’ recently faced backlash as a new episode showed insulting portrayals regarding the country Indonesia.
Racket Boys, a 2021 Sports K-drama series produced by SBS, started broadcasting on May 31, every Monday and Tuesday, and since had achieved certain success.
The series revolves around the badminton club of Haenam Seo Middle School, which is in terrible shape. It follows the hardships of both the adult and children figures, while also providing hear-warming moments. The screenwriter of the drama is Jung Bo Hun, who also wrote for Hospital Playlist, thus driving high expectations for this out-of-the-box series.
However, despite the series’ multiple charms (which include the fresh concept, the lovable characters, the interesting plot and clever humor), it was under fire for being insensitive, if not downright offensive to other nations.
In particular, episode 5 of Racket Boys received criticism from netizens, especially those from Indonesia.
In this episode, the South Korean team came to compete in the city of Jakarta, Indonesia. However, they experienced various unpleasant actions and conditions, including the dirty practice room which was not air-conditioned, and the Indonesian spectators that constantly made fun of them during the match.
The coach who experienced the incident was upset because of the treatment they received but one of the athletes replied that this was not the first time the Indonesian team had done it.
Many netizens expressed disappointment because they thought the picture of Indonesia did not match what they felt. They also believed that the production team had gone too far and intentionally insult Indonesia in light of humor.
As a result, SBS social media was filled with comments by netizens asking for clarification and apologies.
SBS television channel wrote an apology to Indonesian netizens for the criticism given to episode 5 of the Korean drama Racket Boys.
“We from the Racket Boys production team apologize for the memory of the match that was broadcasted in episode 5, we don’t mean to insult any particular country, player, or audience”.
“However, we apologize for some of the scenes that have offended our Indonesian viewers. We will pay close attention to the next episode”, reads an SBS statement quoted from the SBS Drama Instagram page.
This is not the first time SBS has included borderline discrimination scenes in their works. Previously, Penthouse Season 3 and Backstreet Rookie was also criticized for racism.
What do you think about the situation? Is this an overreaction or should SBS seriously review their series more carefully? Please let us know in the comment section.
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