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Squid Game: The Challenge

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About

Squid Game: The Challenge is a British reality show based on the 2021 Korean drama Squid Game. The show depicts over 400 players competing for a $4.56 million cash prize, with participants undergoing the same challenges as shown in the original drama, minus the fatal consequences. The show faced criticism after its release, with many internet users saying that recreating Squid Game in real life is ironic, considering the original show's anti-capitalist message. The creators of Squid Game have pushed back on that characterization, saying that anti-capitalism was only a "small" part of the original show.

Origin

The Korean survival drama Squid Game, written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk was released on Netflix on September 17th, 2021. The official teaser[1] for Squid Game: The Challenge was released on September 22nd, 2023 (seen below, left), and the first trailer[2] was released on October 23rd, 2023 (seen below, right). The videos gathered nearly 2 million and 5 million views respectively.



Notably, the show is set to have a winning prize of $4.56 million dollars, the largest single cash prize in game show history.

The show was released incrementally on Netflix, with five episodes released on November 22nd, Episodes 6 to 9 released on November 29th, and the season finale released on December 6th.

Spread

Clips from the game were shared to X by fans, as seen in a post by @JarydHeadley[6] on November 23rd, 2023 (seen below) that gathered over 1,000 likes in five days.

A November 25th, 2023, post by @zachsilberberg[7] captioned, "squid game show sucks except for this one man and his bees" gathered over 7,000 likes in three days (seen below).


zach silberberg @zachsilberberg squid game show sucks except for this one man and his bees Um, I'm a beekeeper. I think about my bees every day. 3:06 PM Nov 25, 2023 305.7K Views Uh, I have such passion for-- for my bees. I just wonder if they think about me. :

Criticism

On November 25th, Netflix's official X[3] account posted a clip of a player trying and failing to complete the Dalgona cookie challenge while looking visibly anxious and distressed. The post was captioned, "299 had one of the most dramatic reality show exits of all time. #SquidGameTheChallenge"

Various X users quoted the video to criticize Netflix and the creators of Squid Game, accusing them of mocking the anti-capitalist allegory of the original television show, as well as the pain felt by someone who just lost the opportunity to win a life-changing sum of money. X users saltysauerkraut[4] and shantilly_t[5] made critical posts on November 27th, gathering over 100,000 and 200,000 likes respectively (seen below).


hotdog water @saltysauerkraut there's something so uniquely chilling about seeing a huge corporation scoop up a bunch of desperate people specifically to crush their hopes and televise their reactions all while theming it around a show that was about highlighting the evils of capitalism Netflix @netflix Nov 25 299 had one of the most dramatic reality show exits of all time. #SquidGameTheChallenge 0:32 3:19 PM Nov 27, 2023 5.8M Views . 299 -[cracks] -[gasps and squeals] : shantilly @shantilly_t This is really capturing why game shows aren't fun anymore aka - it's not money to take the family to Disney anymore, it's money to pay off student loan debt, save the family house, or finally afford the get your health needs met N Netflix @netflix Nov 25 299 had one of the most dramatic reality show exits of all time. #SquidGameTheChallenge 0:04 • 10:19 PM . Nov 26, 2023 13.2M Views 668

On November 23rd, Reddit's /r/FouxMoi shared a quote by the reality show's executive producer Tim Harcourt, where he says;

"For us the anti-capitalist allegory is only one very small part of Squid Game. I often say to people, Star Wars is about swashbuckling rebels overtaking an empire, but people don't necessarily just focus on that as being about freedom or being about anti-imperialism. So for us, that was one element."


104 Squid Game: The Challenge Producer Says Anti-Capitalism Is Only a Small Part of Original Series Celebrity Capitalism (tvguide.com) save submitted 5 days ago by Sisiwakanamaru 63 comments share save hide report crosspost hide all child comments all 63 comments navigate by sorted by: top M. content policy formatting help [-] rotten_m1lk graduate of the ONTD can't read community 476 points 4 days ago Bruh... permalink source embed save save-RES report reply hide child comments subscribe [-] Sisiwakanamaru [S] 329 points 4 days ago "For us the anti-capitalist allegory is only one very small part of Squid Game," Tim Harcourt, an executive producer of the reality show Squid Game: The Challenge, told TV Guide. "I often say to people, Star Wars is about swashbuckling rebels overtaking an empire, but people don't necessarily just focus on that as being about freedom or being about anti-imperialism. So for us, that was one element." Lol, for the people saying Star Wars is not political at all. permalink source embed save save-RES parent report reply hide child comments

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[2] YouTube – Netflix

[3] X – Netflix

[4]  X – saltysauerkraut

[5] X – shantilly_t

[6] X – JarydHeadley

[7] X – zachsilberberg

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