JTBC continues to draw flack. Despite releasing the third episode of Snowdrop in hopes of clearing some of the misconceptions, a recent interview ignited the allegations on historical distortion.
In the interview translated by AllKpop, a staff member, hidden under the alias A, of Snowdrop stated, “Snowdrop is the project we made bearing in mind NSA agents were ordinary people too. There are some scenes making a satire of the government at that time, but it’s not depicted as extremely bad people. In the latter part of the series, there are scenes related to the incident in 1998 without a strong negative depiction of NSA.”
‘A’ continued, “I feel like the history distortion controversy is the matter of perspective, how you view the 1987’s era. ‘Snowdrop’ depicts NSA with a politically neutral view but if there are many viewers who are unhappy with such viewpoint, the misunderstandings will persist.”
The original interview termed this whole conversation with the historical value “outside the brain.” Netizens discussed the interview on several platforms, accusing JTBC of ignoring people’s suffering at that time. For most, A’s comments show that they were aware of the plot’s problematic themes from the start. Them going through with it baffles the public. Interpreting other tyrannical figures as ordinary people is an act that disrespects the torture many victims went through for the sake of democracy.
A’s words are seen as a confirmation. JTBC is accused of propaganda and politicization. Many citizens saw that the romantic plot had potential, and if they only stuck with an 80’s love story, these issues would’ve been avoided.
As JTBC and Snowdrop’s staff continue to use the fiction card, people persevere in finding ways to cancel the show. The fight against JTBC and the public goes on, with both camps refusing to find a middle ground.