SBS Drama, through their official Instagram feed account, @sbsnow_insta, apologized for Racket Boys scenes in Episode 5 that had triggered the anger of Indonesian netizens.
SBS Apologized to Indonesian Netizens for Scenes in Episode 5
@sbsnow_insta, the SBS’s official Instagram feed account, expressed their regrets in the comment section of the @sbsdrama.official post. Through this account, SBS Drama apologized for Racket Boys scenes in Episode 5, which appeared to have offended Indonesian netizens.
“As the production team of SBS Racket Boys, we would like to apologize regarding the competition scenes in Episode 5. We did not mean to humiliate any specific country, player, or spectator.
However, we apologize for several scenes that have offended our viewers from Indonesia.
We will pay closer attention for the scenes on the next episodes.”SBS Drama via @sbsnow_insta
Racket Boys Scenes in Episode 5 Talks About Badminton Competition in Indonesia
In Episode 5 of SBS Drama, Racket Boys, there were some scenes where the head coach of the National Youth Team complained about their situations when they were competing in Indonesia.
Furthermore, the National Youth Team stated that the Indonesian committee had bad manners and that they forced the team to practice at a run-down place with no air conditioner.
Moreover, the national coach also mentioned that all the actions directed at the National Youth Team were because the Indonesian team wanted to win against Han Se Yoon no matter what it takes.
Since a lot of the tweets originally criticising #RacketBoys are deleted/privated: The emphasis is not that they won over the other teams, it’s that they implied “it’s not the first time” Indonesia mistreats their guests, cheats during competition and fans have no manners. https://t.co/Pz7aUyj4YN pic.twitter.com/j7P4kz3tR8— d.🌱💜 (@hannagyeongs) June 16, 2021
Racket Boys eps 5 menggambarkan Indonesia:— A. Ainur Rohman (@ainurohman) June 17, 2021
✔️Mau menang dgn segala cara.
✔️Menempatkan tim Korea latihan di GOR tua tanpa AC. Sedangkan tim Indonesia latihan di lokasi pertandingan.
Yg paling ngeselin, di final, pemain Indonesia dibantai 9-21, 7-21.
Racket Boys Episode 5 Triggered Indonesian Netizens Protests
Since Indonesia was depicted as having bad manners in the competitions, protests started emerging from Indonesian netizens regarding Racket Boys Episode 5. According to the Indonesian netizens, the Racket Boy scenes did not represent Indonesia and humiliated the country.
As an Indonesian, I feel very disappointed with Racket Boys episode 5. In this episode, there is a scene that leads to bad opinions about Indonesia. the stigma made famous discredits one party. I know that in some ways your country is better especially in terms of technology but-— nima 🗿 (@99CloudyJane) June 17, 2021
I’m still bitter abt how racket boys potrayed indonesia’s badminton so i feel the urge to check BWF website only to witness tht our junior rangking for women’s single is #1 & they’re not even in top 25 hhh the audacity to make us look bad. I may take this too personally but idc pic.twitter.com/ElMP7eRdNf— yagitude (@stanningdorkies) June 16, 2021
Indonesian netizens expressed their protests
Moreover, Indonesian netizens expressed their protests via social media and reviews in various drama sites. As a result, ratings for Racket Boys are slowly decreasing in various drama site reviews.
Because Indonesia is one of the biggest markets for both Kpop and KDrama, scenes in Episode 5 of Racket Boys were a huge disappointment for them.
not gonna watch that racket boys then. badminton is such a huge sport here, badmouthing indonesia like that is a shitty things to do. you could actually make your tim win in the drama without trashing other country like that.— dian natalia ka (@dinatasiaka22) June 16, 2021
Wow another free fall attempt, I guess, knowing Indonesia is one of the biggest market on Kpop and Kdrama..why so insecure ,🇰🇷? Thanks for acknowledge that 🇮🇩 is a threat to you, to the point you need to put it in Kdrama #disappointed #RacketBoys pic.twitter.com/9WYslSVsQN— Arianne (@ImButtercup) June 17, 2021
but well it’s a korean DRAMA and the story is fiction. i really wish SBS can explain and clear this misunderstanding.— 밀당커플’s supporter (@yuwre) June 17, 2021
Now that SBS has officially apologized to Indonesian netizens let’s hope that everything will be well resolved soon.
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