Penthouse 3 Drama Invites Controversy For Using Original Incident Recordings To Depict Hera Castle Collapse, Will There Be Another Action?
Netgenz - International | After episode 13 aired, "Penthouse" Season 3 was again rocked by controversy. This time the criticism of SBS was allegedly due to the use of the video of the original collapsing building to show the destruction of the Hera Palace. On Friday's episode (3/9), Hera Palace exploded and was destroyed by a bomb planted by Joo Dan Tae (Uhm Ki Joon). Instantly viewers recognized that the video used was real-life footage of the tragic building collapse accident in Gwangju earlier this year. In addition, the production team also attached footage of the 2017 Pohang earthquake.
Soon, the use of genuine events to describe the destruction of Hera Palace sparked a strong public reaction. In response to the controversy regarding the latest episode of "Penthouse 3", SBS issued an official statement to apologize to the public. "We're from the production team (Penthouse 3). We have confirmed that inappropriate footage of the Gwangju building collapse accident and the 2017 Pohang earthquake was used during the broadcast of 'Penthouse 3' on September 3," opened the production team.
Real Photo of the Gwangju Building Incident from SBS News
In connection with that, the production team apologizes to all the victims, the victims' families as well as viewers at home. In addition, SBS also took action for their reckless behavior. "We would like to bow our heads to apologize to all the victims of the Gwangju building collapse and the Pohang earthquake and their families, as well as viewers for this incident," said SBS.
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The action SBS took was to request that the related episode be removed from various streaming platforms. This was done to avoid a bigger problem."After we confirmed the problematic footage, we have ordered all VOD services for this episode to be removed from various streaming platforms," SBS said. For further action, SBS will investigate why the footage could be used in the drama. Finally, the statement concludes with an apology from the production team for this controversy.
“Furthermore, we will investigate why this recording was used and to ensure that an incident like this will not happen again. Once again, we sincerely apologize for causing sadness and disappointment," concluded the production team. Meanwhile, Drama "Penthouse 3" only has one episode left before the story actually ends. The final episode of this drama will air on September 10th.