Philippine director Erik Matti‘s tweet commenting about Korean dramas’ “faux Cinderella stories with belofied actors” have made it to Korean news.
The article, titled “필리핀 영화감독 에릭 마티, SNS서 넷플릭스 속 한국드라마 비판했다 뭇매…”미백 시술 받은 배우들과 사랑 이야기뿐” (“Philippine filmmaker Eric Matti criticized Korean dramas on Netflix… “Love stories with white actors”), was posted on Korean news outlet Topstarnews.
The article translated Matti’s tweet in Korean, and listed down Filipino netizens’ reactions to his comment, like “You have to make a good movie or drama for people to watch,” “You don’t know why Korean dramas are popular?” and “Even Filipino actors enjoy watching them.” The article also mentioned Filipino netizens recommending Korean dramas for the director to watch, and that Matti’s comments also made it to Philippine local media.
Korean drama first aired in the Philippines in 2003 with “Bright Girl” (“Successful Story of a Bright Girl”) starring Jang Na Ra and Jang Hyuk, the article noted. Other popular Korean dramas included “Stairway to Heaven, “Full House,” “Dae Janggeum’ (locally titled “Jewel in the Palace”), and “My Name is Kim Sam Soon.”
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As of writing time, the director has not yet responded on the criticisms.