[Reporter Yang So-young on the Daily Economy Star Today]
Webtoon writer and broadcaster Gian 84 apologized for the controversy over misogyny over his webtoon ‘Return King’.
Gian 84 posted an apology at the end of the second episode of the webtoon ‘Return King’ in episode 304 of ‘Floral Man’, saying, “I am very sorry for causing concern again for the inappropriate description in the work.”
Gian 84 said, “In the last episode, I added the setting that Bong Ji-eun, who was unable to find a job, sees a game with cuteness, and while contemplating a scene where such a society could be satirical, I started to draw it as a cute otter. In particular, I asked to express the appearance of an otter breaking a clam and getting something to eat with an otter Bong Ji-eun floating in the water over the chair in the dining room, but I don’t think I could think deeply about this scene.”
In addition, he said, “I reviewed readers’ points of finding a job because of their cuteness or dating a boss, and further revised the lines and pictures. I should have been thinking more and working on the manuscript, but I sincerely apologize to the readers for displeasure.”
Finally, he added, “As many people are interested, I will pay more attention to the large and small expressions in the manuscript.”
Previously, in episode 2 of ‘The King of Rehabilitation’ episode 304, ‘The Flatfish Man’, an intern Bong Ji-eun broke a seashell on a ship at a dinner table. In the previous episode, when Bong Ji-eun heard the words of the head of the team manager in his 40s, “Who picks me up?”, she suddenly put a shell on her stomach.
In the second episode, after Bong Ji-eun broke a shell, the scene of Bong Ji-eun’s official entry was revealed with an explanation of ‘Bong Ji-eun, the final pass of the Gian Group internship!’ Readers who saw this, protested, saying, “Isn’t the content expressing that intern Bong Ji-eun, who is being pushed out of the specs, has finally passed the intern because of an inappropriate relationship with a boss at work who is nearly 20 years old.
On the 12th, a petition was posted on the Blue House National Petition Board requesting the suspension of the webtoon serialization. A person who wrote the petition said, “I saw a scene where the protagonist woman had sex with the team leader of a large company 20 years older than herself and drew a ridiculous story about joining a conglomerate.” “Please have an identity and consciousness as a webtoon writer. I would like to draw a webtoon.”
After the controversy arose, the contents of Part 1 of ‘Return King’ were partially revised. Naver Webtoon said, “We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused by the work. The manuscript was revised and reflected by the current author. I will be more careful with the artist on various issues that will be dealt with in the future work.”
The following is the full text posted by Gian 84
Hello. This is Gian 84.
I apologize again for causing concern for the inappropriate portrayal in the work.
In the last episode, I added the setting that Bong Ji-eun, who is hard to find a job, sees a game with cuteness, and while thinking about a scene that could satirize this society in a glaring manner, I started drawing it as a cute otter.
In particular, I asked to express the appearance of an otter breaking a shell after putting it on her belly and getting something to eat with an otter Bong Ji-eun floating in the water, removing the chair in the dining room, but I didn’t think I could think deeply about this scene.
In addition, the content that the character is cute or that he is in love with a boss and finds a job was reviewed by readers, and the lines and pictures were also modified.
I should have considered more and worked on the manuscript, but I sincerely apologize to the readers for discomfort.
As many people are interested, I will pay more attention to the large and small expressions in the manuscript.
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