Netflix Korea released an official statement to apologize for the recent controversy over hiring comedian Yoo Se-yoon to promote new series Iron Fist. Yoo Se-yoon, along with his crew members Jang Dong-min and Yoo Sang-moo, has been at the center of misogyny controversy since 2015 when their anti-women remarks in podcast episodes had been brought to light.
On March 21, Netflix Korea uploaded a video on Twitter to promote their original series Iron Fist. The video features Yoo Se-yoon introducing the series to Korean users and the caption reads, “Iron Fist that Yoo Se-yoon introduces so devotedly.”
As soon as the video has been uploaded, Korean Twitter users reacted with anger, some even showing screenshots of their subscription cancellation pages.
“I’ve been paying (Netflix) since its launching and I don’t want a single penny of mine going into Yoo Se-yoon’s pocket,” said a Twitter user @regulardoge. “And please upload every season of The Office, Parks and Recreation, and The X-Files. There’s only House which is so sexist.”
It has taken three hours for Netflix to take the video down and release an official statement, which reads as following: “We will listen closer and be more considerate. We will follow the motto of Netflix, which is to share new, challenging, and various stories.”
By Heewon Kim