[Weekly Up & Down] Park Seo Joon Spotted Leaving for the States & ‘The Penthouse 3’ and ‘Petkage’ Come Under Fire

The Penthouse 3

The Penthouse 3‘ Gets Criticized Again for Using Real Footage of Fatal Accidents in the drama.

The Penthouse 3
Credit: SBS

The Penthouse 3 got criticized for using the controversial footage in the September 3rd episode when �Hera Palace’s collapsed in the drama. In the 13th episode, the newscaster reported the destruction of Hera Palace and showed footage of the aftermath of the collapse. However, the footage used in the drama scene was real footage from the 2021 Gwangju building collapse accident and the 2017 Pohang earthquake. Immediately after the broadcast, the show came heavily under fire, and the network canceled the VOD services for the episode.

The production team issued an apology through an official statement. “We sincerely apologize to the victims and families of the Gwangju building collapse accident and the Pohang earthquake as well as to all the viewers,” they wrote. “We will do our best to prevent recurrence by investigating why such footage was used through an internal investigation.”


New COVID-19 Cases Rise in the K-pop Scene

Credit: FNC Entertainment, iMBC

As new cases surge among K-pop singers, tensions are running high in the music industry. On the 3rd, FNC Entertainment confirmed that N.Flying’s Lee Seung Hyub, Yoo Hwe Seung, and Seo Dong Sung tested positive for the virus. The rest of the members are waiting for the results after PCR testing.

The day before, ENHYPEN’s Jungwon, Heeseung, Jay, Jake, and Sunghoon were tested positive during their self-quarantine. Besides them, Song Ga In and IZ* ONE’s Wonyoung also tested positive on August 29th.


Park Seo Joon Spotted Leaving for the States for a New Marvel Movie

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Credit: Lotte Entertainment

Park Seo Joon became the 3rd Korean actor to join the Marvel Universe. On the 3rd, Awesome ENT confirmed, “Park Seo Joon has joined the new Marvel movie. He left the country this afternoon.” The news about the actor joining a new Marvel movie first broke out in June. At the time, media outlets reported that Park will appear on The Marvels, the sequel to Captain Marvel. However, Park’s agency responded with no comment.


JTBC’s ‘Petkage’ Apologizes for Kim Heechul‘s Remarks

Petkage Kim Hee Chul
Credit: JTBC

On August 31st, the production team of JTBC’s Petkage apologized for Kim Heechul’s remarks about adopting abandoned dogs. In the premiere episode, Kim commented, “Frankly speaking, pet experts wouldn’t recommend adopting a rescued one to a first-time dog owner. Abandoned dogs take too long to get over their painful past and blend into a new family. Then the owners with little knowledge of dogs and the adopted dogs both get hurt.”

After the broadcast, many pointed out that his remarks could possibly lead to prejudice and discrimination against abandoned dogs. As a result, the production team issued a formal apology. On the other hand, Kim expressed frustrations over the controversy that started with his remarks and heralded legal actions against the malicious comments.


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