Fans of Lee Min-ho and of his latest starrer, The King: Eternal Monarch (TKEM), came to his defense after Ai-Ai de las Alas took to her Instagram account to critique his comeback show.
Writing in a mix of Filipino and English, the actress shared her thoughts on the SBS drama, which also streams in Netflix right after its airing in Korea.
She shared that if it had not been for Lee Min-ho, she would not have had the patience to watch it. She had a hard time trying to classify the show whether it was science fiction, action or love story, she added.
The actress also panned the show for its commercial placements and called out its producers for thinking of generating money rather than coming up with
a good story.
“Masyado ako dis appointed … hindi mo maintindihan ang flow ng korean novela na to .. science fiction? Action? Love story? Ano ba talaga panalo lang to para sa kanila sa dami ng intrusion .. fastfood chain, coffee, energy drink, lip stick, makeup lahat na ata ng klase pero sana mas inisip nila yung ganda ng story bago yung kita,” she shared.
TKEM tells the story of Lee Gon (Min-ho), the king of the Kingdom of Corea, a constitutional monarchy co-existing with present day, Republic of Korea. Lee Gon discovers he holds the key to the parallels world and meets Jeong Tae-ul (Kim Go-eun), a police officer in Seoul. Together, they discover that they have a common nemesis who threatens the balance of the two worlds.
Ai-Ai shared that she researched the writer of the series and was surprised that it was written by Kim Eun-sook, who is credited for writing certified global hits, Secret Garden, Descendants of the Sun, Goblin and The Heirs. She reunites with Lee Min-ho and Kim Go-eun as she has previously worked with them in The Heirs and Goblin, respectively.
“Sya ang sumulat. Ang tanong, ANYARE???. Talagang hindi ako maka relate. Hindi ako makakapit sa story. Na compare ko sya tuloy sa ITAEWON CLASS simple pero aabangan mo. Eto five chances na nabigay ko para ayoko na talaga mag tataka ako bakit sya number 2 sa trending. Hayz ang lungkot. Sorry idol kita magaling ka pa din actor pero yung flow ng story waley talaga @actorleeminho (She wrote it. The question is, what happened? I really cannot relate, I cannot stick it out with the show. I cannot help but compare it with Itaewon Class, which had a simple storyline but you will really be hooked. With this one, I tried and gave five chances but to no avail. I’m wondering how it it trending at the second spot. I’m sad. I admire Lee Min-ho because he’s a great actor but I do not get the flow of the story),” she said and tagged the actor’s official Instagram account.
Most netizens understood that she is entitled to her own opinion. What they did not like was her being disrespectful by tagging the actor and comparing the show with another Netflix show, Itaewon Class. The recently ended Korean drama starring Park Seo-joon is based on a graphic novel and tells the story of five friends who are struggling to open their own bar amid discrimination and stiff competition.
Twitter user, @jiyeoniuzxt, is “pissed” with the actress for critiquing a show that she has not even finished watching.
“I’m so pissed. Honestly, I dropped a lot of dramas too. But I never criticize the whole drama by its first few episodes. I just simply say ‘di ko bet.’ Because we have different preferences. But when I want to criticize a drama, I watched (sic) it until the last ep. #aiai aiai,” she posted.
Another user, @xxxvipibgdrgn, shared the same sentiment and also took a swipe at the actress’ past works.
“I completely get that TKEM is not everyone’s cup of tea but Aiai’s statement about it is too rude! I don’t get the need of doing such reviews when you can’t even make your own ‘show’ (for the lack of term) as great as TKEM. #TheKingEternalMonarch,” the post read.
After her first post related to the show, she posted another status in her IG but this time a screenshot of another fan who shared the same sentiments as her on TKEM.
She accompanied that post with the caption, “Well said… Thank you for being one of those who are knowledgeable and open minded.”