Squid Game was a massive hit in the pandemic era and given Netflix has recently experienced subscriber losses and a lot of flack for cracking down on password sharing and their defense of Dave Chappelle, they’re taking advantage of whatever hit they have at their disposal.

Two days ago, Netflix officially announced a second season of Squid Game. While that was expected, not too many people expected a reality competition show based on the South Korean drama.

On Tuesday, Netflix announced Squid Game: The Challenge. Just like the show, 456 players will compete in similar games for a purse of $4.56 million. No one will be killed when they’re eliminated but the rest of the competition seems to remain.

This is all well and good on the surface but if you know anything about the actual meaning of the show, it becomes very apparent why this is a problem. Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk said it himself that the show is based on the issues of modern capitalism and the further separation of the economic class structure. It’s a show where people in dire financial situations are all but forced to play a game, not knowing until it’s too late that they’re killed if they lose. And they’re exploited for the rich and powerful who treat these human beings as things simply because they have money and the competitors don’t.

While Hwang created Squid Game with the best of intentions, it seems that the company who is airing his creation missed the entire concept of the show. Needless to say, many people on social media noticed made that point known.


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