The production team behind ENA’s “True to Love” has apologized for the controversial dialogue in a recent episode of the drama.

In Episode 9 of the romantic comedy, which aired last week, Yoo In Na‘s character Deborah brought up the Auschwitz concentration camp while talking about the importance of taking care of one’s physical appearance. In the drama, Deborah said, “At the Auschwitz concentration camp… there were prisoners who received one cup of water, drank half of it, and used the other half to wash their face. And they would use a shard of glass to shave their face while looking at [their reflection in] the back of a food tray. And they survived.”

The character continued, “Taking care of your appearance and dressing up is a matter of survival. As a single person, shouldn’t I try to survive?”

After the dialogue sparked outrage from viewers both within Korea and abroad, the production team released an official apology on May 18.

Their full statement is as follows:

This is the production team of ENA’s “True to Love.”

We apologize for causing discomfort through certain dialogue from Episode 9 of “True to Love,” which aired on May 9.

We should have spoken about it from a historically accurate perspective, but we did not think things through carefully.

It was absolutely not our intention to use a historic tragedy lightly, and we sincerely apologize once again. We will be even more careful during the production process in the future.

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