Recently released stills from the Taiwanese idol drama, Two Fathers <兩個爸爸>, depict a scene in which the two male leads help their seven-year-old daughter take a bath. The controversial portrayal of two men in a domestic relationship has sparked much online discussion, with many netizens questioning the direction of future idol dramas.
Two Fathers stars Yo Wei Lin (林佑威) as Wen Zhenhua, a kindhearted and gentle florist who becomes a stay-at-home dad when he decides to raise a daughter with lawyer Tang Xiangxi, portrayed by Weber Yang (楊一展). In the stills, Zhenhua and Xiangxi are helping their daughter, played by child actress Le Le (樂樂), take a bath, but the innocent activity quickly escalates into a full-on water fight.
Netizens responded with a mixture of shock and doubt to the homosexual subject matter in Two Fathers. Some left comments like “Let go of that little girl!” and “This is going too far, isn’t it?” Others wondered how it would affect the genre, asking “Are even idol dramas going to be ruined by this now?” and “Are Taiwanese idol dramas planning to go against nature?”
Although homosexuality has been depicted or hinted at in past Taiwanese idol dramas, such as The Rose <薔薇之戀> and In Time with You <我可能不會愛你>, the topic is still fairly uncommon and is mostly relegated to minor characters.
Despite the backlash that Two Fathers may have caused online, viewers are still anticipating the unique amalgamation of a romantic comedy with homosexual overtones. Although the drama will not begin airing until March 26, its overseas distribution rights have already been authorized in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, mainland China, and North America.