November 15, 2005 19:33
The terrestrial broadcaster MBC has attracted censure with yet another incident of what some viewers regard as indecent exposure, four months after an alternative singer stripped during a live program. But this time the blink-or-you-miss-it view of a man's genitals was pre-recorded, occurring in the soap opera "Sweet Spy," which aired Monday.
In the bathhouse scene, three male actors -- Choi Bul-am, Lee Gi-yeol and Kim Joon-ho -- are seen rubbing each others backs, their private parts decently out of frame. But sharp-eyed viewers were able to spot the genitals of an extra in the background fully, if dimly, exposed.
After the scene aired, websites started to bulge with comments from Korea's famously vociferous Netizens. "It is unbelievable that they have managed to make the same mistake shortly after the exposure incident took place during the music program," a viewer identifying himself as Lee Dong-hyun wrote. "I hope I was mistaken thinking I saw it." Another, signing himself Kim Byung-jo, demanded, "Is MBC an adult channel? I'm scared to watch MBC with my family now."
Immediately the show was over, the producers posted an apology on the broadcaster's web board. "We cannot find the words to deplore our negligence when double-checking the scene," it said. "We apologize to viewers for the mishap and vow not to make same mistake again. We really hope people understand that we did not make the scene with impure intentions."
MBC said it will edit the scene for repeat viewing.
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