Squid Game is a lot of things. It’s disturbing. It is the. And according to North Korea, it’s also proof that capitalism doesn’t work.
“It is said to be [Squid Game] makes people realize the sad reality of the beastly South Korean society in which people are driven into extreme competition and their humanity is wiped out,” state media wrote on Tuesday. The show shows “the process of hundreds of people forced to live hellish lives , grappling with unbearable debts, in a brutal game where they kill each other to claim the cash prize that goes to just one winner.”
Squid Game, which started streaming on September 17, targets a group of people in South Korea who are heavily indebted. They’re first tempted into a deadly tournament of children’s games — “Squid Game” is the name of a popular school playground game in South Korea — but then many of them volunteer to come back, realizing that the games are their only game. chance to win the money they need to survive. Survival isn’t good – think The Hunger Games, with only matches like Red Light, Green Light and marbles.
Squid Game has become an unexpected hit all over the world. It is widely watched 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 sued Netflix over rising network costs. South Korean politicians have seized his popularity by using the show to criticize opponents for corruption and incompetence.
Apparently, the country’s communist neighbor could not resist the same impulse.
“It is today’s South Korean society where the number of losers in fierce competition, such as employment, real estate and stocks, is increasing dramatically,” reads North Korean propaganda. It adds that Squid Game “shows the reality of living in a world where people are judged solely on money”.
North and South Korea have been embroiled in civil war since 1950, although overt military action between the two Koreas was halted in 1953. After 30 years of unrest and military rule, South Korea became a democracy in 1986 and today has the 12th largest economy in the world. Meanwhile, North Korea is ruled by three generations of the Kim family. Its GDP is estimated at just over $27 billion, compared to South Korea’s $1.5 trillion.
“Under the reign of Kim Jong Un, the third leader of the nearly 75-year-old Kim dynasty, the totalitarian government has tightened repression and maintained terrifying obedience through threats of execution, imprisonment, enforced disappearance and forced labour,” Human wrote. Rights Watch in a press release. a report from 2020.