JTBC Addresses Snowdrop’s Alleged Historical Distortion Accusations

JTBC has finally issued a statement about the topic as calls to cancel Snowdrop reach record heights.

The show has been dogged by criticism and accusations of historical fabrication since its summary was released. Snowdrop and JTBC were accused of displaying an alternate version of history, catering to the right-wing public, during a volatile moment in Korea’s history, the 1987 Presidential elections.

While JTBC first refuted the allegations and claimed that no distortions would be made, the first two shows painted a different picture. On December 18, a group of Korean viewers started a national Blue House petition requesting JTBC to stop airing Snowdrop. The petition claims that:

“There are definite activist victims who were tortured and killed during the democratization movement because they were [falsely] accused of being spies without any grounds. Creating a drama with a plot like that despite this historical truth undermines the value of the democratization movement.”

The fact that the male lead, Su Ho, played by Jung Hae In, was a real North Korean spy posing as a student activist; according to these viewers, was a slap in the face to all those innocent students and activists. They were wrongly suspected of being spies and tortured and executed as a result. The use of a patriotic hymn drew criticism as well.

The petition had surpassed 300,000 signatures as of December 21. Several sponsors and brands have withdrawn out of Snowdrop as a result of the scandal, alleging they were not shown the script before the show aired.