MBC’s “Oh Eun-young Marriage Hell,” which has been flooded with calls for abolition, resumes broadcasting today.
MBC’s “Oh Eun-young Report-Marriage Hell” (hereinafter referred to as “Marriage Hell”) will resume broadcasting, which has been flooded with calls for abolition of child sexual harassment.
According to the schedule on MBC’s official website on the 9th, “Marriage Hell” will air at 10:30 p.m. that night. Earlier, the production team announced that the show would be canceled for two weeks due to internal maintenance of the program.
“Oh Eun-young Report-Marriage Hell,” a program in which Dr. Oh Eun-young, considered a “national mentor,” observes the couple’s daily lives and shares marital conflict concerns, has previously been on the cutting board for provocative and sensational content.
It was after the broadcast on the 19th of last month that demands for abolition were poured out in earnest. The story of a remarried family who confronted each other over raising a 7-year-old daughter was introduced, and criticism was raised that it was child sexual harassment when a stepfather hugged her regardless of her daughter’s intention or stabbed her in the butt, calling it a “fake injection game.
As the controversy grew, the production team made an official position and explained, “The wife had reported her husband to the police for child abuse, and the husband was not convinced by such wife’s behavior,” adding, “We tried to provide practical help by closely monitoring the family’s life and providing solutions to ‘who’ and ‘how’ to change.”
“I was faced with criticism of the program that followed after the broadcast, and I judged that there was no excuse. He said, “I apologize once again for causing concern to many people without thinking again from the child’s point of view.”
However, they are determined to continue broadcasting despite the heated public opinion on abolition. The production team said, “We will focus on creating a program that contributes to their actual happiness and can be accepted by all viewers by taking the trust of the families who trusted the production team and allowed daily observation.”
As of the 27th of last month, 3,470 complaints were filed with the Korea Communications Standards Commission regarding the “marriage hell.” Under the current broadcasting law, broadcasters, etc. can impose fines of up to 50 million won or order sanctions such as disciplinary action against related parties if they violate deliberation regulations on the protection of sound family life, protection of children and adolescents and sound personality.
It is known that the Korea Communications Commission can impose a fine of less than 100 million won when the degree of violation is deemed serious, but there has been no such case so far.