2:56 pm - 10/15/2018

“YG Future Strategy Office” Under Fire For Scenes Of Racism And Sexual Harrassment



Netflix sitcom “YG Future Strategy Office” is being criticized for scenes that employ racism and sexual harassment for humor.

On October 11, Chinese entertainment news outlet Sina reported that the sitcom incorrectly uses a map of China and has scenes that belittle the country. Angered by this, Chinese fans have been voicing their opinions on Yang Hyun Suk’s Instagram account.

Moreover, during one scene, the southeast coast of China was erased from the map, while in another, a Korean security guard dressed in traditional Qing Dynasty clothing shouts “I’m a pig” in Chinese after being captured.

After the reports, many expressed anger on Weibo, criticized YG Entertainment and “YG Future Strategy Office,” and demanded an apology from Yang Hyun Suk.

Yang Hyun Suk responded and posted an apology to Chinese fans on his Instagram, saying, “We sincerely apologize to Chinese fans. We have told production staff to correct and delete the scenes in question. We will be more careful in the future.”



The above scenes, however, are not the only problematic scenes in question. Many viewers have pointed out that the sitcom has crossed the line, especially with mocking other celebrities and sexual harassment.

Some examples include a man taking off his clothes when asking BLACKPINK for an autograph, random graffiti that says, “Eun Ji Won XXX,” and Seungri gifting WINNER underwear with his face on it.

One scene includes a visit to iKON’s dorm, where a female employee mistakes a man sleeping on the couch as an iKON member and takes a picture of his crotch. When Seungri confronts her, she replies, “I took a picture of it because it looks healthy. Isn’t YG’s future very healthy?”

In another scene, a drunk foreign investor says to a rookie model from YG, “Let’s do a body cam (naked video chat).” When the model refuses, Seungri urges him to do it, saying, “She’s someone in a high position.” YG employees even grab him when he tries to run away and forcefully remove his clothes.

The sitcom also repeatedly shows the photo of Seungri from his past scandal. This photo was published by a Japanese outlet after a woman claimed to have spent a night with him and took this photo without his knowledge while he was asleep. Although this harmed his image in the past and he was a victim at the time, the sitcom shows the photo many times and mocks the situation by saying, “He looks like a baby angel while sleeping.”

“YG Future Strategy Office” continuously makes many “self-disses” and brings up many controversies surrounding its artists. In order to make a clean YG Entertainment, the agency administers urine and anal examinations, checks artists’ belongings, and takes away any non-prescribed medicine, only adding to the controversy.

Source: XSports News|MailKyongjae|OhMyNews via soompi, fromyg

This thing really blew up in China...
yejun 15th-Oct-2018 01:12 pm (UTC)
I started watching the first episode 'cuz someone commented that Taehyun was in it but it was so bad and everything that was supposed to be funny just left a bad taste in my mouth so I didn't even finish... Not surprised that the rest was an awful mess.
lydzi 15th-Oct-2018 01:39 pm (UTC)
I don't watch it because it's been years that I'm just totally done with YG and Seungri but gosh, the insensitivity jumped out. Who rationnaly thought this was funny in the freakin first place ? The worst part is that YG and Seungri probably thinks they are ~edgy

The sitcom also repeatedly shows the photo of Seungri from his past scandal. This photo was published by a Japanese outlet after a woman claimed to have spent a night with him and took this photo without his knowledge while he was asleep. Although this harmed his image in the past and he was a victim at the time, the sitcom shows the photo many times and mocks the situation by saying, “He looks like a baby angel while sleeping.”




jyusou 15th-Oct-2018 01:48 pm (UTC)
Jesus Christ how were any of these things even allowed!
kyokomurasaki 15th-Oct-2018 01:55 pm (UTC)
Pretty bold of them considering how much Tencent is investing in the company
lulufairybubble 15th-Oct-2018 01:55 pm (UTC)

This is the show that had Bom on it no? I was just about to start watching. Hell no! Miss me wit it.

daynr 16th-Oct-2018 04:14 am (UTC)
Park Bom gets some revenge in it though ....

(after suffering, of course)
goshipgurl 15th-Oct-2018 02:44 pm (UTC)
i've only heard bad things about this show (minus some international fans that claim it's so funny and real), i actually don't regret not renewing my netflix account to watch it. i saw some clips on instagram and it looks cheap and not very well produced.
jillyjellly 15th-Oct-2018 03:32 pm (UTC)
my bf made me watch the first episode. it's super try-hard. hardcore judging the people on r/kpop saying that it's 'just black comedy and people just don't get it'. imagine if someone did that in traditional korean clothing...yikes
petecarl 15th-Oct-2018 03:37 pm (UTC)
I saw some clips from the show and thought it was funny, but the racism and sexism and making light of sexual harassment is really nagl. I also think the comedy would be funnier if we didn't know that YGE aren't gonna change the way they operate, so it just seems tone deaf. This would be better if it was a parody done after the fact or if it was made without YG's backing.

ETA: Eun Jiwon acknowledged that fans were upset about the show writing his name in red and swearing at him and said he was fine. Then he joked that he just swears more at Jaijin.

Edited at 2018-10-15 03:40 pm (UTC)
daynr 16th-Oct-2018 04:11 am (UTC)
some clips are funny. The winner stuff is probably my favorite, but especially the stuff after the panties. The Winner boys have pretty good timing.

A lot of it wasn't funny.
mikachi613 15th-Oct-2018 04:05 pm (UTC)
They're obviously trying way too hard to be like The Office if it were set at YGE and it shows.
This show is a total flop.
onlylexy 15th-Oct-2018 05:24 pm (UTC)
I mean....it literally has seungri as it's host or whatever. Like what did y'all expect? YGEhas literally always been like this and has always done things to this degree. I don't know how people could even pretend to be surprised tbh.
scionofawhisper 15th-Oct-2018 06:00 pm (UTC)
It fits with what I expect of YGE at this point.

I'm sure it's a cute little elite boy's club behind closed doors.
figus204 15th-Oct-2018 07:05 pm (UTC)
Well, apparently no one here found the show funny but I actually had quite a few laughs while watching it (have seen up until episode 4 so far). Since the show is supposed to be a mockumentary a majority of the shows funny moments come out of outrageous situations.

I just finished the episode which had the China parts and to be honest, when I read this article I thought it would be much worse. I mean, I am not Chinese so I can't say what they should/should not be offended by, but the whole premise of that part was that the other members of the department decided to make Seungri participate in the Chinese version of Show Me The Money.. If the map is wrong, that was a stupid mistake but it wasn't really a main point or something that they were pointing out. And "a Korean security guard dressed in traditional Qing Dynasty clothing shouts “I’m a pig” in Chinese" Isn't really a good description of what happened either. Two bodyguards dressed up in Qing Dynasty clothing (which I guess is not better), and then got arrested by the Chinese police officer for taking food they thought were free - hence one of them saying "I'm a pig". It wasn't a jab at the police, or China, but at himself.

The part where Seungri gave Winner underwear was actually really funny to me. I mean the whole point was for him to give them a present to they wouldn't do the same mistakes that he has done, right?

I mean, just overall I think that understanding the context of the show before saying that it is complete trash would be a good thing. You can still think its unfunny and not worth your time and that they make light of serious issues, but some of the things mentioned here I think is reaching.
daynr 16th-Oct-2018 04:09 am (UTC)
I was coming in here to say something somewhat similar.

well, I didn't think the series was all that funny, though the winner bits somehow were (after the underwear scene.) But mostly, I thought, it was clear that they were pushing two things: strategic thinking at YG is done by morons (truth) and the morons cause all sorts of problems unintentionally. Oh, and that Seungri is somehow lazy, cheap, and a crazy scandal machine.

The China stuff wasn't that bad, but I'm not surprised it blew up in China. The nationalistic fires in that country are burning bright and the internet is a dangerous place. I roll my eyes equally at the Chinese outrage as I do the asinine MAGA bs.
lelouchikaru 16th-Oct-2018 04:00 am (UTC)
This is the People's Republic of China, everyone. :\
daynr 16th-Oct-2018 04:10 am (UTC)
exactly. any suggestion touching on territorial integrity is going to get an outsized reaction.
lelouchikaru 16th-Oct-2018 04:22 am (UTC)
I remember unfollowing all of the Chinese K-pop celebrities who posted about the 9-dash line when the Philippines won the intl tribunal against China, I know some of them are forces to post about that or they'll gonna end up like Fan Bingbing or the Hong Kong bookstore staffs
daynr 16th-Oct-2018 04:26 am (UTC)
exactly. I mean, it's hard for me to get to loud about it, since I'm a proud passport holder of a bully state, but the shenanigans in the South China Sea are really not cool.
existingisfunny 16th-Oct-2018 12:03 pm (UTC)
i was gonna watch (and this coming from a yg-anti) bc it did look funny but then i saw a clip of seungri talking to blackpink and there were too many 4th wall breaks that ruined the whole 4th wall break/office aspect~ so i was like oh they can't act and changed my mind

good to know i missed this
antrea 20th-Oct-2018 12:37 am (UTC)
I wanted to watch bc of Chungha but now I think I'll stay away...
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