SBS’s “Running Man” Heavily Criticized for Insensitive Captioning in Their Most Recent Episode

A staff of “Running Man” made a statement regarding the controversy.

In the most recent episode of SBS’s Running Man, the members embarked on a goods production race that led to designing t-shirts.

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On the way to their next destination, the members played an intense game in order to get the highest number on the dice.

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As a result, Jeon Somin and Lee Kwangsoo ended up on one team that made the others ask if they concentrated all their gold bars under one number.

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In response, Jeon Somin said, “That wouldn’t be fair!” which made the other members exclaim, “So you did!” in response.

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Kim Jongkook then remarked, “I think they put it all under number 1” to which Jeon Somin choked on the water she was drinking.

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And at that moment, the captions read, “He ‘tapped’ number 1 which led her to choke like ‘ugh’.

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This caption was referencing the Park Jong Chul torture incident which lit the fuse of the democratization movement back in 1987.

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At the time, political activist, Park Jong Chul was tortured by the police using water and electricity which ultimately led to his death.

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And in efforts to conceal this incident, the police stated, “When we tapped the desk, Park Jong Chul went ‘ugh’ and collapsed to his death.

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The referencing of this incident in a comedic variety show elicited heavy criticism among viewers, and in response to the controversy, a staff of Running Man stated, “We only used it as a satire and didn’t mean to reference that incident. If this caused discomfort in our viewers, we’ll make sure to be more careful from now on.

 

 

Source: Dispatch
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