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Jean Yoon reveals why working on Kim's Convenience season 5 was 'a painful experience'

Coming out in support of co-star Simu Liu, actor Jean Yoon expressed her experience working on Kim’s Convenience.

Jun 06, 2021
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Kim's Convenience has been in the middle of a controversy since the makers of the show decided to wrap up the series with the fifth season. Actor Simu Liu who played Jung's character in the show recently shared a detailed Facebook post, making some startling revelations, pointing towards unfair pay, lack of representation in the team and the politics behind the announcement of the final season of the show. Following the lead, actor Jean Yoon who played Mrs Yong-mi Kim, or Umma in the show came out in support of her co-star Liu.

In a detailed series of tweets as a response to an article published about Liu's Facebook post, Yoon expressed the difficulties she faced while working in the show due to the lack of diversity within the writers that made her experience painful. Reiterating Liu's experience, Yoon further wrote, "The lack of Asian females, especially Korean writers in the writers' room of Kim's made my life very difficult and the experience of working on the show painful."

She added that despite Kevin White and Ins Choi being the co-showrunners, it was White who called the shots and set the standards for the show.

Jean Yoon: Twitter
Jean Yoon: Twitter

In her post, Yoon also addressed the difficulties she faced due to Choi's absence on set and revealed how the cast reacted when they were given the script for the fifth season. "The cast received drafts of all Season 5 scripts in advance of shooting because of Covid, at which time we discovered storylines that were overtly racist, and so extremely culturally inaccurate that the cast came together and expressed concerns collectively."

The actor also lashed out against an offensive scene that almost made it to the show but eventually didn't, making a strong point about the show's insensitivity.

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