It may be a global smash with the kind of watercooler buzz we haven’t seen since Game Of Thrones, but that doesn’t mean everyone is in love with Squid Games. The noisy neighbors to the North aren’t impressed. Maybe the buzz is keeping them awake or something?
Both Reuters and The Wall Street Journal are running a story today that the North Korean state-run propaganda website Arirang Meari, itself always worth a visit to find out about the spills and thrills of everyday life in everyone’s favorite hermit-kingdom, has an article about Squid Game.
With the kind of jealous animosity you feel for a neighbor when they get a newer, better car than you, they claim that Squid Games shows:
“…the sad reality of a beastly South Korean society in which human beings are driven into extreme competition and their humanity is being wiped out…”
Strong stuff. However they haven’t finished, there is much more! They go on to say:
“Squid Game gained popularity because it exposes the reality of South Korean capitalist culture. [It’s] a world where only money matters – a hell-like horror… Corruption and immoral scoundrels are commonplace… [an] unequal society where moneyless people are treated like chess pieces for the rich.”
North Korea imposes fines or prison sentences on those caught enjoying South Korean entertainment, even while it allegedly kidnaps South Korean filmmakers and forces them to make movies for their leaders.
111 million subscribers have taken a look at Squid Games since it started just 25 days ago. So more Squid Games are inevitable. Maybe they can have a chat about it and hand over a DVD box-set at the demilitarized zone?