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Child abuse in a drama is unforgivable
MARCH 25, 2014 00:29  
Jeong Seul-gi, an eight-year old girl, lives with her step mother after her birth mother left home. The stepmother abuses the girl rather than embracing to relieve stress from her mother-in-law. The stepmother says, 밃 liar뭩 lips must be sewn. If Seul-gi resists, the stepmother slaps her in the face. When Seul-gi cries, she blocks the little girl`s mouth to prevent other family members from hearing the sound, saying, 밳ou can뭪 go to your mom and your grandma. You have to live with me.

Seul-gi뭩 horrible story is from 밃 Woman Who Married Three Times, an SBS weekend drama series written by Kim Soo-hyun. Oh Eun-soo, Seul-gi뭩 birth mother, is played by actress Lee Ji-ah, Han Chae-rin, the stepmother is performed by actress Sohn Yeo-eun, and Seul-gi is played by Kim Ji-yeong.

The drama뭩 ratings were a single digit in the early stage. As Seul-gi was more abused by her stepmother, however, the ratings jumped to 16 percent, ranking top in the same time slot. At first, I thought the writer wants to raise the child abuse issue. In her previous dramas, the writer has been praised for taking courage to address sensitive social issues such as homosexuality in 밚ife Is Beautiful and an unmarried mom in 밅hildless Comfort.

But the writer disappointed me last weekend. Jeong Tae-won, Seul-gi뭩 real father (played by Song Chang-eui), who later learned that his daughter was abused, asked his wife for a divorce. When his wife confessed that she was also abused by her own father at an early age like Seul-gi, he sided with his wife. He ignored his wife뭩 child abuse and the drama did not mention on the horrible thing that Seul-gi suffered.

Seul-gi reminded me of a little girl who was beaten to death by her stepmother on a school picnic day in October last year. The National Assembly passed the 밪pecial Act on Punishment of Child Abuse Crime, etc two months later to make clear that child abuse is crime.

Viewers criticize the drama for failing to catching up with the speed of legislation, not to mention raising an issue ahead of the curve, saying, 밒뭢 angry about the writer who uses child abuse as a tool to raise ratings, and 밒t feels like the end of Kim Soo-hyun뭩 era. This reporter, the writer뭩 long-time fan, thinks the same as them.

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