The broadcast on the 17th of KBS 2TV’s entertainment program ‘The Household Men’ received protests from viewers for the circumcision scene. On this day’s broadcast, the middle school son of former baseball player Hong Seong-heon, who was cleared of a misunderstanding about circumcision after sex education with urology specialist ‘Kuchu-hyung’, and five of his friends formed the ‘Circumcision Brothers’ and undergone surgery. ‘Salim Nam’ advertised the broadcast as ‘the first five-person circumcision site’.
In response, a message appeared on the KBS viewer’s petition board demanding an apology and disciplinary action from the producers, saying, “We manipulated the male householder to choose circumcision for boys and sent it out on the air as if it were an exhibition.” The petitioner claimed, “It is difficult for minors to judge for themselves (whether or not to be circumcised), and they should be sexually protected. As of the 19th, more than 1,600 people have signed the petition. In the KBS viewer petition system, if more than 1,000 people agree to the petition within 30 days, the person in charge of the relevant department must respond directly.
On the 19th, KBS’s production team made an official statement and said, “We deeply apologize to everyone who felt uncomfortable with the contents of the broadcast.” KBS said, “We wanted to share an honest story about our children’s sex education and circumcision, and through this, we wanted to show how parents and children understand each other.” The whole family agreed to the show.” He continued, “(Circumcision) was a decision made after a month and a half of deliberation and discussion by the students and their parents, and it was their own voluntary decision.” “All the surgical scenes were filmed under the supervision of my parents, and the filming was completed in a warm atmosphere for all the members of the cast,” he added.
However, even after the production team’s position was announced, the audience petition board said, “There is no sincerity in the apology. It was argued that it was wrong to instigate whaling like a rite of passage and force it on children who lacked the subjectivity.” The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said, “It is possible to clean the genitals, avoid chronic irritation caused by the glans penis, and prevent balanoposthitis, urinary tract infection, and penile cancer, but if proper hygiene can be maintained, it is not necessary to perform circumcision on all men. ” he reveals. The circumcision rate among men in Korea has been on a steady decline since the 2010s.