Ketchup Cut: The Glory is a dark yet satisfying tale of revenge!

Aishwarya Srinivasan
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In today’s Ketchup Cut, we're discussing Moon Dong-Eun’s meticulously planned revenge scene on Jeon Jae Joon, her perpetrator from The Glory!

TW: The Glory is centered around sexual harassment and bullying. It is about how Moon Dong-Eun lost all the glorious years of her teenage life to gore abuse from her fellow high school batchmates. The bullying scenes in the show are extremely graphic which makes you root for Moon Dong-Eun even more when she makes it her life’s mission to take revenge for losing her glory. Years later, after all her bullies are settled in their lives, she returns, but this time she pulls all the strings instead and bullies them back in the typical eye for an eye manner. The show definitely does send out the message to bullies that their victims are not going to sit back and take it anymore. 

About the show:

Directed By: Ahn Gil-Ho

Written and Created by:  Kim Eun-Sook

Cast: Song Hye-Kyo, Lee Do Hyun, Lim Ji- Yeon, Park Sung-Hoon, Jung Sung-il

Genre: Revenge thriller, mystery, drama

Where to stream: Netflix


Also Read: The Glory part 2 review: Moon Dong-Eun’s journey from being the victim of merciless bullying to finally holding all the strings in this gore puppet show is the best revenge driven story you’ll see!

Ketchup Cut:

There is a scene in this show where younger Moon Dong-Eun is made to stand in the rain when Jeon Jae-Joon and Myeong-Oh watch her clothes, especially her white shirt get soaked to the point where they can see her inner garments as well. As a growing young adult, she is made to feel so naked and exposed forcefully. The way she crosses her hands in order to protect herself probably broke every viewer's heart. Jeon Jae-Joon and Myeong-Oh both are monsters for getting off on the fact that she is soaking in the rain. And this is not the first time she has been sexually harassed by these group of demons. Myeong-Oh has previously assaulted her by kissing her against her will in front of all her bullies. They tried their best to break all of her dreams, her self esteem and her confidence but her soul was still alive. She wanted them to know how uncomfortable, disgusting and scary it feels to be put in a position where she felt completely defenseless in front of people who are stronger than her, not only physically but monetarily as well. It obviously takes a toll on her mental health and eventually pushes her to drop out of school.

To tell you how Jeon Jae-Joon is as a character, he checks all the boxes of toxic masculinity and a rich spoiled brat. He is very arrogant as a person and thinks he owns everything in his sight. The fact that he is colorblind makes him feel inferior to others and that's his biggest insecurity. There’s a saying that ‘hurt people hurt people’ and he is the definition of that. He is hurt that he was born colorblind, never was loved by his parents and the woman that he desired married someone else. The frustration of it all makes him carry his short temper on his sleeve. He tries too hard to be the alpha male of the group and in that process he resorts to doing inhuman things which includes harassing Moon Dong-Eun.

But this whole traumatic scenario later connects to a scene between Moon Dong-Eun and Jeon Jae-Joon when the tables have turned and she has the power to ruin his life now. In the scene, she lets him know that Park Yeon-Jin’s daughter Ha Ye-Sol is actually his daughter and just as colorblind as him. Moon Dong-Eun, an ambitious teenage girl was sexually harassed by Jeon Jae-Joon and now, years later, the same Moon Dong-Eun is his daughter’s school teacher. She has the ability to keep him at the palm of her hand by using his own daughter against him. She shows him the drawing of his daughter where it’s clearly visible that she can’t differentiate between colors. Jeon Jae-Joon is shook knowing this and shamelessly asks Moon Dong-Eun to help him get custody of his child. This seemed like the beginning of the perfect revenge arc where Moon Dong-Eun can not only keep Jeon Jae-Joon walking on eggshells around her but also fire the bullet on Yeon-Jin through his shoulders. A man who once assaulted and disrespected women left, right and center is now on his knees asking for help from one of his victims out of love for his girl child. 


Fun facts about the show: 

The show is inspired from true bullying stories. 


The letters Moon Dong-Eun writes throughout the show are to constantly remind herself of the turmoil she went through and that’s the reason why she is taking revenge from them.


Before filming began, the cast of the show was investigated in order to check if they were a part of any bullying incidents IRL. Unfortunately, the director of the show wasn’t screened for the same and turns out he was involved in a bullying case in his high school. He released a statement eventually addressing the same.


The Snake from Sa-Ra’s controversial scene was real.


What are some of your favorite revenge scenes from The Glory? Let us know in the comments below!

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