Earlier this month, it was reported that Backstreet Rookie was under review because of some of its sexually suggestive scenes. We can now confirm that the drama has received legal sanctions from the Korea Communications Standards Commission.
On July 29th, a subcommittee voted to impose a “warning” sanction on the SBS drama Backstreet Rookie. The warning is a very serious sanction because it will affect the drama’s ability to get reauthorization for screening.
The subcommittee revealed that they felt they had to issue the sanction because the production team showed a lack of gender sensitivity while producing a drama based on an adult webtoon but with a PG-15 rating. They continued on by saying that the show caused a lot of discomfort and aversion to the viewers. They also could not ignore the fact that the show contained a lot of slang words and cursing.
It seems that SBS had submitted a “conditional broadcasting approval” so that the drama could air if they deleted the suggestive scenes. But, the production team declined that option. The subcommittee explained that because of those reasons the sanction was inevitable. The KCSC also revealed that Backstreet Rookie is one of the dramas that has received the most complaints.
We will keep you updated on what happens now or in the future with Backstreet Rookie. Let me know in the comments what you think about those sanctions.