Saturday Night Live (SNL) Korea has apologized for a skit in which a male nurse makes effeminate movements while a patient groans in agony, and then asks for the (male) patient’s phone number.
But the TV show didn’t apologize for the stereotyped and offensive portrayal of gay men, but to nurses for any ‘hurt’ that could have been caused by the skit.
In the segment, shown on Saturday 18 May, Hong Seok-cheon, South Korea’s most famous gay man, played the nurse.
Last Saturday, 25 May, SNL presenters apologized for the skit titled ‘homosexual nurse’ saying they received a complaint from the Korean Nurse Association.
‘We apologize to nurses and other people around them that might have been hurt by the skit,’ said cast member Choi Il-gu, KpopStarz reports.
When Hong came out in 2000 he was fired from his primetime TV hosting jobs and received death threats. As he was blacklisted from the entertainment industry, he started a chain of restaurants and he has only recently began to appear on TV again.