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NY Times Calling Netflix Korean Drama ‘Affirmative Action’ is Racist AF

The NY Times has recently come under fire for an article suggesting that Netflix’s acquisition of a Korean drama had something to do with affirmative action.

The article, which has since been quietly amended amidst the backlash, listed a handful of new shows for readers to view at their leisure. It previously stated that the South Korean Drama, “Stranger”, was an “affirmative-action slot” added to Netflix’s roster, as the company must have recognized “the ubiquity and popularity of South Korean dramas“.

After criticism, the snippet was changed completely, but it still didn’t completely redeem itself; it now implies that South Korean dramas are “awkward” and “obvious”.

Netizens were upset at the publication for likening the addition of the KDrama as an affirmative action move.

The editor, Gilbert Cruz, responded to the backlash.

What do you think? Have they solved the problem, or should they have done more? Let us know in the comments!

Featured Image via YouTube / K-Drama Passion


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