RUN! No, seriously. We usually try to give some positive side of a drama so that viewers with different tastes might have something to go on. This post will not contain any such information (okay, Shin Sung Rok is a tiny positive). Here are all the reasons we dropped this drama like a sack of steaming horse manure.
Drama Geek: I was late to understanding the premise, but thought I’d give it a try only because Shin Sung Rok as the lead in a rom-com was hard to pass up. I’ll admit that I only made it thirty minutes into the drama, but as soon as I realized she was both padded and they intended on spraying her with perfume over and over to make her skinny again, I was OUT. I’ve heard that her transformation back to her bigger self is very hulk like, and that makes me die a little inside. Korea has never been good with handling this type of storyline, and they’ve never treated actresses that don’t fit into their narrow view of the perfect body, with respect. This may be one of the worst I’ve seen in years. I love this actress and think she is gorgeous, and in my eyes, prettier than the lead actress.
Kdrama Jen: I have gotten used to some of the cultural differences. In real life in Korea and on dramas, it is not uncommon for someone to comment about someone’s weight or size. I can overlook a little of that here and there, but this drama has really taken this to the extreme. I am not impressed.
Clkytta: I hate the fat to skinny and ugly to pretty trope with the fire of a thousand suns. I would like to point out that Ha Jae Suk is so padded that she is almost unrecognizable. For perspective, this is the same actress who is playing the manager on Absolute Boyfriend and she looks awesome and healthy in that role. I already had one foot out the door with this drama because they took a beautiful actress and padded her up to make her look horrible. It also makes me angry that this actress is forced to take these kinds of roles because she has curves.
Total Disrespect for Suicide
Drama Geek: I knew we’d be doing a first impression so I figured I’d push through the body shaming and see if the drama had anything else to offer. Then the murder/suicide attempt happened and I decided I was done. If you’ve ever been touched by this type of thing in real life, it can be a major trigger. I’ve gotten to where I can usually watch a drama if it is brief and doesn’t stress me out too much (like the scenario that happened in Angel’s Last Mission last week). In this they play her suicide attempt for laughs and used it to body shame her as well when she falls to the ground.
Kdrama Jen: Yeah. I’m out. Suicide is not a laughing matter. It is not a deal breaker for me if it is in a drama because I think it is a reality that needs to be talked about. When it is played for cheap laughs, though? Nope. If you listen to the podcast or have been a blog reader for a while, then you will know that the joke amongst the fangirls is that I never drop dramas. I might ghost them for a bit, but I never drop them…unless they have a deal breaker for me like treating something tragic as a joke. Yup. Dropped.
Clkytta: I was done when they went beyond the fat shaming and tried to make suicide funny. Suicide is NOT funny and should NEVER be portrayed as funny. And this is where I pretty much walked away from the drama.
Self-Harm Should Not Be Used as a Bargaining Tool
Drama Geek: As I’ve said, I didn’t stick around, but my fellow Fangirls informed me that she manipulates the lead into giving her a job by threatening to walk into a lake. HUGE TRIGGER. That is all I will say about that part.
Kdrama Jen: I only kept watching because I promised to share a first impression, and I wanted to be thorough. I had already decided to drop, but now I want to double drop!! What? Suicide for comedic purposes was one level, but now we are using the threat of suicide to convince someone to do our bidding? Oh HECK no!
Clkytta: Again, to echo my fellow fangirls, stop trivializing suicide. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh! Suicide is not a manipulation tool.
Totally Unlikeable Characters
Drama Geek: Her character plans to murder her husband then uses suicide to manipulate her future boss. Not really someone I’m going to like. From what I saw of her husband, he’s a total ass. Shin Sung Rok’s character seemed like the typical scared chaebol who needs a hug and stuff, but he rubbed me the wrong way as well.
Kdrama Jen: I don’t like any of them. I want to like Shin Sung Rok. I really wanted to love this drama just for him, but I just can’t. He might have potential as a CEO with a tragic backstory, but I just can’t stick around to see it through. Sorry!
Clkytta: I couldn’t like any of the characters. I was already irritated with the fat shaming and then they pull in the suicide crap and I was just done.
Drama Geek: I try not to judge dramas by the first thirty minutes. There might be an arc or theme I’m missing that I haven’t given the writer the chance to establish. I took a break and then the comments on Twitter started rolling in, which were followed by my fellow Fangirls finishing the first two hours, and giving me their thoughts. I do believe I made the right choice and didn’t cause myself anymore annoyance or anguish.
Kdrama Jen: We have a
Clkytta: There is no way I’m watching more of this. I just can’t justify anything this drama stands for. I was also sad that Shin Sung Rok picked this drama and it’s horrible. I want to see him in a leading role, but not like this. Never like this.
If you or anyone you know are struggling with thoughts about suicide, please know that you are not alone and there are people who care. We are including the number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255.
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