(RepublicanNews.org) – Disney+ recently found itself at the center of a heated debate after releasing a shortlist of new and controversial television series. The public has been especially critical of a show called “Snowdrop.”
South Korea’s Joongang Tongyang Broadcasting Company (JTBC) produced and released the show, which quickly incensed critics. Many feel “Snowdrop” depicts a distinctly North Korean-influenced version of the region’s history. They say the series echoes propaganda often published by the exiled dictatorship’s state-run news outlets.
JTBC issued a statement regarding the contents of the show.
— Clout News (@CloutNewsMedia) December 21, 2021
Variety reported in January that two of the show’s sponsors, Teazen and Puradak Chicken, withdrew their support from the series over the alleged historical distortion.
Activists are currently circulating around 30 petitions, hoping to have the show canceled. One such document contains more than 325,000 signatures; South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, recently received a copy.
Bae Keung-yoon, a Georgia Institute of Technology professor of Korean Studies, posted a letter from scholars to Disney+. Instead of requesting the removal of the series, the scholars ask that Luke Kang, Walt Disney’s Asia-Pacific president, consult with Korean history experts.
— K. Y. Bae 배경윤 (@kbae38) January 10, 2022
“Snowdrop” is only the latest in a long string of scandals for Disney+. Previously, the streaming service promoted what some viewers feel amounts to transgender propaganda aimed at children. In another instance, “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” lost Emilio Estevez after his refusal to return over the service’s COVID vaccination policy.
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