Squid Game is many things. It is unsettling. Is he. And, according to North Korea, it’s also proof that capitalism doesn’t work.
“People say that [Squid Game] it makes people realize the sad reality of the beastly South Korean society in which human beings are pushed into extreme competition and their humanity is being wiped out. ” state media wrote Tuesday. The show describes “the process of hundreds of people who are forced to live hellish lives, struggling with excruciating debt, in a brutal game in which they kill each other to claim the prize money that goes to a single winner.” .
Squid Game, which began airing on September 17, focuses on a group of desperately indebted people in South Korea. First they are tricked into participating in a deadly children’s game tournament (“Squid Game” is the name of a popular schoolyard game in South Korea), but then many of them volunteer to return, giving themselves Realize that games may be their only chance to win the money they need to survive. The odds of survival aren’t good – think of The Hunger Games, which only features contests like Red Light, Green Light, and Marbles.
Squid Game has become an unexpected hit around the world. It is has been widely viewed in China despite Netflix being banned in the country. In South Korea, Squid Game was responsible for so much online activity that a broadband provider south of Netflix due to rising network costs. South Korean politicians have seized his popularity, use the program to criticize opponents for corruption and ineptitude.
Obviously, the communist neighbor of the country could not resist the same impulse.
“It is the current South Korean society where the number of losers in fierce competitions, such as jobs, real estate and stocks, increases dramatically,” reads the North Korean propaganda. He adds that Squid Game shows “the reality of living in a world where people are judged only on money.”
North and South Korea have been involved in a civil war since 1950, although overt military action between the two Koreas ceased in 1953. After 30 years of upheaval and military rule, South Korea became a democracy in 1986. and today it has the twelfth largest economy in the world. . Meanwhile, North Korea has been ruled by three generations of the Kim family. Its GDP is estimated to be fair more than $ 27 billion, in comparison with 1.5 trillion South Korean dollars.
“Under the rule of Kim Jong Un, the third leader of the Kim dynasty for nearly 75 years, the totalitarian government deepened repression and maintained fearful obedience through threats of execution, imprisonment, enforced disappearance and forced labor,” Human Rights Watch wrote in a 2020 report.