“XO, Kitty” has been criticized for its “unrealistic” portrayal of Korea
Following the hit 2018 Netflix romantic comedy To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and its two sequels, XO, Kitty follows to chronicle the love mishaps of the youngest of three American sisters. – Korean franchise actress Kitty Song Covey (played by Anna Cathcart) on her own quest for true love.
While pursuing her interests, she takes her to South Korea, and much of the series is based on her late mother’s culture.
However, some netizens disagree with the series’ portrayal of South Korea.
A netizen drew attention to a popular online community and pointed out things irrelevant to the show.
In the post, the author had reviews of five things.
The first was the heiress of a hotel who bought STYLENANDA products.
Since it is a popular and casual brand, such a person would not buy these products with great passion.
- Sent to boys dorm because of an androgynous name
Another reason was that a girl was sent to a boys’ dorm because her last name was “Song”.
The social media user mentioned that a surname has no gender and dormitories are not assigned by name.
- dress code
Koreans are known for dressing well, and the post’s author felt that in some scenes, the fashion just wasn’t up to Korean standards.
- kissing in the library
According to the netizen, you can’t find couples kissing like this in a public place like the library.
Can you imagine getting caught by the library’s Ajumma or Ahjussi?
- The cupcakes on the menu
The last reason given by the netizen was the cupcakes on the Korean school’s lunch menu.
Although Korean school meals are known for being rich in flavor and nutrients, the article’s author opined that students rarely find a cupcake on the menu.
After reading the post, many netizens reacted to the points made. Some criticized the show and others didn’t seem so shocked.
- “That’s cute, LOL. »
- “I watched almost the whole series and it wasn’t disrespectful because they don’t know Korea. The cupcake scene is also about an international student from the US who doesn’t know anything about Korean school food, LOL. The reason it’s not very realistic is because it’s set in an imaginary international school. There are also scenes that show how considerate and respectful the show’s producers were in showing realistic scenes of Korean culture and families. You will be surprised if you mock the show for knowing about Korea. »
- “There are some scenes that stand out, but most of them are pretty good, LOL. It’s not like they screwed up in Emily in Paris. »
- “Erm… I ate a piece of cake at school once.” »
- “Ah, that looks so funny, LOL. »
- “Why are you making such a fuss over a cupcake? »
- “We get cupcakes at our school, but why put them where the soup goes? lol »
- “Sounds fun. I’ll check it out, LOL. »
- “That level of (fantasy) is nothing compared to Boys Over Flowers and Heirs. In addition, the show is set in an international school. I watched two episodes and it’s cute LOL. »
- “The author is a Korean and American who has never lived in Korea. So what should you know? You should have done more research…”
- “It’s fun, but isn’t the show a fantasy genre like Boys Over Flowers and Heirs? »
What do you think ?