A petition against Sayuri Fujita, a broadcaster who gave birth to a baby by a sperm donor, was created to cancel her appearance on the KBS2 entertainment program ‘The Return of Superman.’ In the meantime, KBS expressed its position that it has no plans to drop Sayuri. On the 30th, a KBS official said,
“The claim that Sayuri’s appearance in The Return of Superman encourages non-marriage is excessive. As times changes, various types of families are forming, and Sayuri’s family is one of them.”
The official then said, “We are just observing a type of family, we do not intend to encourage non-marriage. We will clarify out position more, but we will not cancel Sayuri’s appearance on the show just because some people are overly concerned.”
When the news of Sayuri’s confirmation of her appearance on The Return of Superman was announced, a post titled “Please immediately stop the public broadcasting encouraging unmarried women to give birth” was posted on the Blue House National Petition Bulletin.
The petitioner said, “At times like this, a system and program should be created to present a proper view of family, encourage marriage, and encourage normal childbirth even if Korea is suffering from low birth rates.”
In addition to the national petition, articles claiming against Sayuri’s appearance in The Return of Superman were posted steadily at the KBS viewers rights center.
Sayuri, a non-married woman, received a donor from a sperm bank and gave birth to her son, Zen, on November 4th last year. Recently, The Return of Superman drew attention by announcing that Sayuri Fujita will be joining the broadcast.