‘Crash Landing on You’ Trends with ‘Insensitive’ Tweets After North and South Korea Exchange Gunfire

We adore K-Dramas but we must leave them as that — fiction on our screens.
by | May 05, 2020

On May 3, gunshots from North Korea hit a South Korean guard post, causing the latter to fire back as a warning. Thankfully, the situation didn’t evolve into a full-blown shootout and no soldiers were injured, but the tension between the two countries has heightened. South Korean military believes that there is a “low possibility” that the move was intentional but regardless, this incident shows the importance of keeping a level head inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), or the border dividing the two.

All this came less than 24 hours after the North’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, re-appeared, ending a three-week absence which has caused global speculation on his health.

The two countries are bounded by a military agreement that the South President Moon Jae-In signed with Kim Jong-Un in 2018. Intentional gunshots at the border would definitely breach that.

Despite the gravity of the situation, “South Korea” and “North Korea” trended online alongside “CLOY,” the acronym for the hit South Korean drama Crash Landing on You. The drama’s plot involves a South Korean woman ending up in North Korea due to a paragliding mishap. It gave a glimpse of the life North Koreans live, how the soldiers operate, and the stark difference between the lifestyle of the two countries. Of course, it’s heavily fictionalized, a skirmish like that might probably cause chaos in the real world.

Some netizens are quick to joke about how the recent gunfire incident resembled the drama and yet more are quick to put them in place.

While we all adore K-Dramas, we must leave them as that — fiction on our screens. This isn’t entertainment, it’s a political matter and a matter of life and death if it escalates. There isn’t anything wrong about “lightening the mood” but be tactful and remember that there are lines that shouldn’t be crossed.

The next time anything unfortunate happens between North and South Korea (we hope there won’t be a next time, though), be considerate, keep the countries in your prayer, and keep your insensitive jokes to yourself.


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Kyzia spends most of her time capturing the world around her through photos, paragraphs, and playlists. She is constantly on the hunt for the perfect chocolate chip cookie, and a great paperback thriller to pair with it.

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