Gong Yoo’s Goblin Korean drama could have a new scandal on its hands.
In some twisted way, Goblin is also pedophilia. Disturbing lang na sobrang tanda na ni Gong Yoo kay Ho Eun
— Paul Villaro (@popejhonpaul) December 15, 2016
All Kpop reports that the very popular new k-drama is receiving some harsh criticism from viewers who are against the romantic relationship between Gong Yoo and Kim Go Eun’s characters.
In Goblin, Kim Go Eun plays a high school student who is 18-years-old (international age), which qualifies her as a minor in Korea. Gong Yoo’s character, who in a recent episode confessed his love for her, is much older.
According to All Kpop, some viewers have taken to the show’s website to call on the drama’s writer to rethink the love story between the characters.
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— allkpop (@allkpop) December 13, 2016
Goblin definitely isn’t the first Korean drama to feature a “questionable” relationship between an adult and a minor.
Why is Goblin under fire for “promoting pedophilia” when everyone was okay with the 16-year age gap in Angry Mom?
— Keith Rodriguez (@_keithrodriguez) December 17, 2016
Angry Mom, a Korean drama which aired in 2015, featured one of these “May to December” romances, except that the older person, in this case, was a woman.
As Koreandrama.org notes, the drama was essentially about a mother Jo Bang Wool (Kim Hee Sun) who tries to defend her daughter from bullying. Oh Ah Ran (Kim Yoo Jung), her daughter, sticks up for a friend and ends up becoming a victim of the bullies at her school.
When the angry mom finds out that her daughter is being victimized, she decides to deal with the bullies in her own way. She goes to the high-school dressed in the daughter’s uniform in an effort to confront the bullies head on.
Angry Mom (2015)
Kim Hee-sun x Kim Yoo-jung x Jisoo
A great plot!
Brilliant mix of comedy and drama
— ☆ Em ☆ (@emzhaek) November 20, 2016
Loving this drama so far! Agak inget angry mom /nga pic.twitter.com/PwYxDhXZ5g
— d (@udarakdy) June 23, 2016
In the drama, the love interest, Bok Dong, is played by Ji Soo and his character is a high school student. He falls in love with the “angry mom” character.
Ji Soo actually discussed what it was like playing the love interest of someone so much older, Soompi reports. He said that it wasn’t difficult for him to get into character and convincing play a young man in love because Kim Hee Sun looks like she’s in her twenties.
“When she is wearing her school uniform, I really see her as Jo Bang Wool,” said Ji Soo at the time.
“Bok Dong can’t help but fall for her because [Kim Hee Sun] is so pretty and fits the [character of Jo Bang Wool].”
As for Goblin, fans on Twitter don’t seem too bothered by the huge age gap between Kim Go Eun and Gong Yoo’s characters. Some fans seem to think that it’s hypocritical to focus on this one Korean drama and not the others that portrayed similar relationships.
Other people think the couple in goblin promotes pedophilia(even tho she’s 18/19 haha) but I think the age gap is kinda cute
— 하미 (@ruffy_ugh) December 15, 2016
i can’t believe goblin is under fire for “promoting pedophilia” like you can’t fall in love with someone way older or younger???
— wenniiilee (@bee2991) December 17, 2016
— Winter Wonderland™️ (@Aerlynne29) December 16, 2016
Goblin airs every Friday and Saturday on tvN or online on Viki or Drama Fever.
(UPDATE: A previous version of this article stated that Gong Yoo’s character in Goblin needed to marry Kim Go Eun’s character in order to become human, which is incorrect. That part of the article has been removed)
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