On June 12th, Park Eun Suk issued an apology regarding his portrayal of the his character in “The Penthouse 3”. The actor and the production team received a lot of backlash from international fans for protraying the African American community in a negative light. He writes:
Again, I’d like to apologize to those who took offense; I as a minority myself should’ve known better. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to grow in awareness.Park Eun Suk
The actor posted the apology on his personal TikTok account. Read his full statement:
“Regarding the drama “The Penthouse” character Alex, I’d like to let everyone know that none of the appearances that were driven by the character were falsely intentional to harm, mock, disrespect, or discourage the African-American community. I’d like to apologize to the people who took offense by the character’s appearance. It was more admiration of the culture than mockery, but now I’m aware that the approach was more CA [cultural appropriation]. It was a wrong attempt for character development.
Again, I’d like to apologize to those who took offense; I as a minority myself should’ve known better. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to grow in awareness.
I hope you have the sincerity in your hearts to give the benefit of the doubt, that Alex’s appearance was rather a character approach who admired the culture and wanted to “be” like, not intentionally portraying mockery.”
The production team from The Penthouse 3 also issued a bief statement on the topic: They stated, “It was not our intention to mock a specific race or culture.”
Let me know in the comments how you feel about the apology and the statement from the production company.