It’s Okay To Not Be Okay, the hit South Korean drama starring Kim Soo-hyun and Seo Ye-ji, received a penalty from the Korea Communications Standards Commission (KSCS) for scenes deemed “sexually suggestive and inappropriate” by the broadcast censorship body.
According to the KSCS, the show breached two broadcast regulations including Article 27 on duties of integrity and Article 30 on gender equality. It specifically slammed the third episode of the show where female lead star Mun-young stared and touched male lead counterpart Gang-tae’s body during a scene where the latter was dressing up.
“Even considering the fact that they were meant to exaggeratedly express a character’s personality, (the scenes in question) show how insensitive the drama’s producers are to gender equality in broadcasting content that may belittle a certain gender and hold the possibility to justify sexual harassment and molestation,” said the subcommission in a statement as reported by The Korea Herald.
It’s Okay To Not Be Okay follows the story of a caregiver named Moon Gang-tae (Kim Soo-hyun) who has a brother Moon Sang-tae (Oh Jung-se). All his life, he felt as if his purpose was to take care of his brother who has autism. But things changed when he met a widely-popular children’s book author with an anti-social disposition named Ko Mun-yeong (Seo Ye-ji). Both trapped in past trauma and struggles, the two help each other to overcome these problems.
The sixteen-episode series —which premiered in the Philippines last June 20 — made it to the Top 10 most-watched shows on Netflix.