Over a month after local director Erik Matti endured heavy backlash from a Twitter statement that dismissed K-dramas as “faux cinderella stories with Belofied actors whiter than white,” now it is actress and comedienne Ai-Ai delas Alas who has seemingly found herself on the same sinking ship.
Where Direk Erik came for the entire K-drama scene, Ai-Ai expressed her disappointment for a specific show, namely Lee Min Ho’s The King: Eternal Monarch. The actress recently posted a rant review on her Instagram feed, admitting that she would not have given the show a chance if it weren’t for Min Ho helming the cast.
To start off her thoughts on the series, Ai-Ai complained that it was “confusing,” and apparently could not settle on a genre. “Science fiction? Action? Love story? Ano ba talaga…” she wrote. The romantic fantasy drama is premised under the theory of parallel universes. Min Ho portrays Emperor Lee Gon of the Kingdom of Corea, a monarch with a tragic past who finds himself crossing over to the alternate contemporary version of his land, the Republic of Korea.
Aside from its storyline, the actress criticized the TV series for its “intrusive” product placements, writing “...fastfood chain, coffee, energy drink, lipstick , makeup, lahat na ata ng klase. Pero sana mas inisip nila yung ganda ng story bago yung kita…”
She even made mention of head scriptwriter Kim Eun-sook’s other successful K-dramas including Descendants of the Sun and The Heirs, before posing the question “ANYARE???” pointing to The King’s supposed lack of quality when compared to the writer’s other previous projects.
The actress continued her statement by comparing the series to Itaewon Class, saying, “simple pero aabangan mo. Eto five chances na nabigay ko para ayoko na talaga... mag-tataka ako bakit siya number two sa trending.” By the end of her rant, Ai-Ai tagged Min Ho’s Instagram account and reiterated her admiration for the actor, though she simply could not get past her disappointment for the “flow” of the story.
The post quickly incited the ire of K-drama fanatics on social media, with several netizens firing back by insinuating that Ai-Ai’s own projects were not up to par with The King: Eternal Monarch.
Meanwhile, other Twitter users acknowledged Ai-Ai’s right to express her personal comments on the show. They did, however slam the actress for her wording and subsequent tagging of Lee Min Ho, stating that it was “disrespectful” to the actor.
That said, a few people did agree with the actress’ critique.
One of which she even posted on her personal Instragam. “Well said. Thank you for being one of those who are knowledgable and open minded,” Ai-Ai’s caption read.
Hours after backlash against her post swarmed the internet, Ai-Ai told Pep.ph in a statement that she stands firm with her thoughts on the show. "Ang opinyon ko about The King is constructive. Sila lang ang nagsabi na destructive kaya sila ang may problema," Ai-Ai told the entertainment website.
"Saka fan ako ni Lee Min Ho kaya ang feeling ko, may karapatan akong mag-voice out ng opinion kaya naka-tag siya sa post ko. At, in fairness to me, hindi ako ang unang nagsabi na hindi masyadong kagandahan ang The King. May mga nauna nang nagsalita, pero pinalaki lang ng bashers ang komento ko dahil nga artista ako,” she continued.