South Korea’s television drama Life Is Beautiful, which airs on the network SBS and centers around a multi-generational family, happens to include a gay couple. Horrors!, right? Well a union of mothers (whose name I couldn’t locate) was so upset with the possibility of people watching the show and turning gay they took out this newspaper ad in the Chosun Journal, which warns: “If my son becomes gay and dies from AIDs after watching Life Is Beautiful, SBS must take responsibility!”
Ads the consortium of supposedly freaked out mommies: “Life Is Beautiful has glamorized the culture of gays against what is realistically, healthy and proper for the citizens of Korea.”
Hong Seok Cheon, a gay Korean television star who came out 10 years ago and is now a proud papa, enjoyed responding on Twitter (in some pretty lengthy tweets, evidently):
‘Take responsibility for my son becoming gay because of the drama?’ What a funny ad, but also quite disappointing. Soon they will be putting out an ad saying don’t hang out with Hong Seok Cheon if you don’t want to be gay. This was the exact reason I was fired from ‘BboBboBbo‘ 10 years ago when I first came out. All of those calls made to the broadcast company asking to take me off the show. If such logic was true, all of those children that were on a part of the show with me should be gay by now, but they aren’t.
The gay couple that is shown on ‘Life Is Beautiful’ is so beautifully and realistically drawn. If there really is a son out there that becomes gay after watching the drama, it is not because he became gay but because he actually was gay and finally earned enough confidence to come out. It could be the drama that gave him that strength to come out to his parents and ask for understanding. How unfortunate for the children that live under the parents that put out such a trashy advertisement. Aids is not a disease specific to gays. How is it that I found out that I was gay 25 years before I saw the drama ‘Life Is Beautiful?’ What kind of dramas did the gays in the 50s, 60s, and 70s watch in order to become gay? Being gay is not a contagious disease, you fools
By the ad’s logic, if your son becomes a whining bigot after watching Glenn Beck, Fox News must take responsibility! After all, that network has glamorized the culture of intolerance.