No more episodes of 'Fake Men' will be aired
After being embroiled in multiple controversies, no further episodes of “Fake Men” will be released, its uploader YouTube channel Physical Gallery announced on Friday.
Physical Gallery had previously announced that this week’s episode will be pushed back to next week, after a flood of negative comments on social media a day after the fourth episode was released on YouTube.
But in addition to being criticized for its overly violent content, malicious comments have been spreading about instructor Logan and Jung Eun-ju’s private lives.
"I feel deeply responsible for the recruits, instructors and their families suffering from extreme malicious comments after appearing in 'Fake Men,'” Physical Gallery channel operator known as Egg Kim posted on the channel.
"In order to prevent further damage, I will take all moral responsibility for the recent controversy, and as of today, I will stop all activities and take a moment to reflect on myself," he said.
“Fake Men” is a parody of terrestrial broadcaster MBC’s variety show “Real Men” (2013-2019), which features celebrities experiencing Korean military training.
It sees YouTube celebrities undergo extreme military training and gained explosive popularity since its launch in July, accumulating 56 million views on YouTube. It is also the first-ever entertainment show in Korea to succeed as original YouTube content outside of TV broadcasting companies.
All previous “Fake Men” episodes are now unavailable on the channel.
BY KIM YEON-AH [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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