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A Korean television programme has been slammed after it aired scenes which showed teenagers being circumcised.
Mr. House Husband had been flooded with complaints following the graphic scenes airing across the nation which left many viewers distressed.
Viewers who tuned in to the KBS2 programme saw five teenage blokes of high school age meet with surgeons to undergo the procedure.
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An episode which aired on September 17 saw former baseball player, Hong Seung Heon and his teenage son as well as several of his friends discuss their anxiety ahead of the operation.
Scenes also showed the group of lads in pain after the surgery, with scenes also showing their faces close up as they begin to panic.
The programme left no stone unturned as it documented each part of the ordeal as well as unveiling their identity at the end of the procedure.
Taking to social media, viewers couldn't help but vent their disgust after the episode, with one person writing: "“This should get them banned for life."
A second penned: "Regardless of gender politics, this really doesn’t seem right."
"How did this get approved to air?" asked a third.
Following the outrage after the controversial episode aired, producers working on the popular programme have since spoken out.
In a statement, they said: "We would like to apologise to those who were uncomfortable with the September 17 broadcast of Mr. House Husband.
"The scene came about after the children's parents contemplated how to go about Sexual Education. We aimed to show the parents talk about the subject of circumcision, and through dialogue, we hoped to show the parents and children come to an understanding.
"Through dialogue, the children felt they needed to be circumcised, and the family agreed to air the procedure on the show."
It continued: "The scene was agreed upon by the families after a month-long dialogue between the parents and the children.
"Both students and parents agreed to the filming, and we would like to reveal that the production team didn't interfere in the decision-making. Also, the filming of the procedure was done under the supervision of the parents, and all parties were satisfied after filming.
"But rather than show a constructive dialogue on gender, the show made audiences uncomfortable, and for that, we apologise.
Through this experience, we will be more careful about future productions. We will continue to strive toward becoming a safe haven for dialogue for our families."
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