(To avoid spoilers, let’s just call this drama, Kdrama.)
There’s been a lot of complaints lately about Kdrama because of it’s use of a rape scene. Some viewers complained that Kdrama has gone too far, that it has piled on too much tragedy on the OTP, that the show already had plenty of angst without adding rape on top of the Tragedy cake etc etc.
Frankly, I’m confused.
Why do we draw the line with rape? Why do we complain that “it’s too much”? Why do we say that the writer need not use that scene to drive in a wedge between our leads?
Here was a drama who finally presented a logical reason for two people to be torn apart. Yet, we found it too much, too painful, too real. So we asked for our usual plot devices back.
Have we really been brainwashed by most kdramas to think that things like convoluted family trees, interfering third parties, and noble idiocy are common reasons for wanting to keep someone out of your life?
Physical abuse is real. More real than contract marriages, body switching, and time-travel. If anything, in the list of kdrama plot devices inside this certain Kdrama, rape is a more powerful and believable catalyst for separation than half-brothers and stolen inheritances.
It’s alright to say that you found it uncomfortable. That you pitied the heroine. That you wished you’d been warned. As long as you remember that you’re talking within the context of kdramas.
Because outside our Oppa’s worlds, rape is more powerful and real than chaebol encounters. I, for one, respect a kdrama who can remind us of that.