South Korea's royal Lee family calls for cancellation of Jang Dong Yoon's latest drama Joseon Exorcist

Joseon Exorcist is in a grey zone between cancelation and revision in light of the latest controversy.
South Korea's royal Lee family calls for cancellation of Jang Dong Yoon's latest drama Joseon Exorcist
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Joseon Exorcist, SBS' latest historical zombie drama starring Jang Dong Yoon has been embroiled in controversy ever since its premiere. While ratings for the first week were quite strong, it appears that the majority of the population was quite displeased with the portrayal and distortion of history in the drama. The set and props for the first two episodes were heavily inspired by Chinese specific culture and especially considering the current ongoing controversy between China and South Korea, with China claiming the origin of Kimchi, Hanbok, Pansori (that are largely the pride of Korean culture and history) to have been in China, such use of props was highly disconcerting to the audiences. 

As a matter of fact, it triggered the national sentiment so much that the show had to be canceled for a week in light of the controversy. However, it did not stop there. The Jeonju Lee Royal Family Association made up of the descendants of the royal Lee clan of Joseon, rulers of Korea for over 500 years, called out SBS, the production house of Joseon Exorcist on March 24, 2021 to demand the cancellation of the drama indefinitely. The Association stated, "We request the immediate cancellation of the drama 'Joseon Exorcist', which distorted Korean history and culture and showed favoritism toward China's Northeast History Project." 

The Association pointed out that the drama took the names of historical figures King Taejong, Grand Prince Yangyeong, Prince Choongneyong (later King Sejong) and incorporated them into a falsely distorted narrative as a result of which, the entire nation has raised concerns over the negative light which has been cast on the royal family of Joseon. As K-Dramas and their reach have gone global, this negative portrayal could be incredibly damaging. 

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Anonymous 3 weeks ago

Come on folks it’s just drama for crying out loud. Why try to tamp down on someone’s creativity or decide what people should or should not watch. I mean really. Just think of it like Kingdom or Rampart and sit back and enjoy. People are smart enough to know the difference from drama to actual history, if anything it will make people more interested in the actual people or person being portrayed therefore they will be enlightened to who they actually were.

Anonymous 4 weeks ago

We need that drama to be released we international fans are waiting for it and that drama is not real so there is nothing do why to worry just released it now OMG

Anonymous 4 weeks ago

They do know this a drama that has zombies right? As in fictional and not based on real life events?

Anonymous 4 weeks ago

OMG! It's just a fictional drama. Jeez... nowadays people are just too sensitive. Use your imagination