Episode 288 of Hello Counselor is a roller coaster of emotions, from the hilariously crazy antics of a food-obsessed girlfriend to the frustrating behaviors of a gullible mother. However, the first concern hit hard and is a lesson on the negative impacts that can stem from social norms and stigma. The show aired on August 29, 2016 and features Lee Hyunyi, Lee Hyejeong and Jin Ahreum as guests.
The case is a real tear-jerker about a young women whose parents divorced when she was young and left her to fend for herself. She grew up living alone and basically raising herself. Because of her situation, she finds herself being discriminated against frequently. Employers have refused to hire her because they think that she's an orphan (feeling up for a lawsuit, anyone?). Even her ex’s parents convinced him to break up with her because her parents are out of the picture. There is still widespread stigma against families that aren’t “perfect,” from single-parent households to ones that have gone through divorces. It is so easy to label these differences as “bad,” but there is nothing that inherently makes one family better than another. It is also unfair and heartbreaking to see someone being treated badly, judged so harshly on, and looked down upon for something she has no say in. As the hosts said, why do people feel the need to bring parents into the conversation at all? Yes, parents are huge influences on their children’s lives, but people’s worth are not defined by the kinds of parents they have.
This story is moving toward a happy ending, however. She recently met a man through a volunteer organization who adopted her, and they now live happily as daughter and father. They are seriously family goals! Everything’s all fine and dandy, except people really can’t mind their own businesses. When people see them together, they always jump to all kinds of conclusions, asking them if they’re really daughter and father or if they’re dating. Seriously, why can’t people accept a good thing when it happens. Try to make things more awkward, why don’t they. It’s against the norms for a grown man to have a platonic relationship with a much younger female who is not related by blood, and assumptions are definitely convenient to appease anything that’s out of the status quo. But this case is proof that jumping to conclusions too quickly can bring harm and unnecessary awkwardness to others.
Hopefully more people will understand how beautiful their story is and wish them the best.