JTBC‘s King The Land was criticized after its first episode.
JTBC’s King The Land aired its inaugural episode on June 17. In the episode, Girls’ Generation YoonA‘s character, Cheon Sa Rang, is shown being hired by the King Hotel.
Cheon Sa Rang is given the task of cleaning the hotel’s gym. Viewers, however, took exception to the drama’s dialogue when Cheon Sa Rang’s senior co-worker points at an exercise machine and tells Cheon Sa Rang to “Go and wipe the sh*t dew,” which Netflix subtitles changed to “butt sweat.”
Cheon Sa Rang asks her co-worker, “Butt sweat?” to which her co-worker responds by doubling down on her unsanitary analogy.
If you go there, you will find the beautiful moisture left behind by our customers.
— King The Land
Netizens reacted in shock and disgust at the line. Many also stated that the scene was disrespectful, not only to hospitality workers but health professionals who work in gyms.
- “I feel bad for the actors who need to say the line.”
- “Is that even a word?”
- “I swear, I’ve never heard that word before.”
- “Do people who really work in the gyms use that type of language? I seriously have never heard it before.”
- “I’ve worked in gyms before, and they don’t use that kind of language. That type of sweat is inevitable when working out, so we just wipe it off.”
- “I mean, why couldn’t she just tell Yoona to wipe it off.”
- “I mean, it’s just sweat.”
- “Do you think customers will be comfortable working out? Plus, this scene is an insult to those working at these facilities. This is so weird.”
Meanwhile, King The Land tells the story of a hotel heir, played by 2PM‘s Junho (also known as Lee Jun Ho), and his employee, played by YoonA (also known as Lim Yoon A). Read more about the drama’s first episode in the link below.