North Korean Website Says “Squid Game” Reflects South Korea’s “Brutal” Society

From Seoul to San Francisco, the South Korean hit Netflix series “Squid Game” has become a hot topic of conversation in recent weeks. Now North Korea is weighing down.

A North Korean propaganda site published an article on Tuesday claiming that the series reveals that life in South Korea is “plagued by the rules of survival of the fittest, corruption and immorality.”

“The public is sad in the face of the reality of South Korean society, which is becoming a brutal situation where humanity is destroyed in extreme competition,” the article posted on the Arirang Meari website said about the dystopian drama.

Made in South Korea, the nine-part series has become a global sensation and Netflix’s most-watched series. He follows 456 cash-strapped competitors, including a North Korean defector, as they vie for some $ 38 million in prizes playing a series of traditional Korean children’s games, only to find that eliminating each tower means death.

Released last month, the show, while very popular in South Korea, also hit a nerve for its cruel portrayal of the personal debt problem and the difficulty of paying it back in the country.

North Korea regularly criticizes South Korean culture and its capitalist system, contrasting it with its misrepresentation of itself as an egalitarian society.

“Squid Game” follows “Parasite”, winner of the 2020 Oscar for Best Picture, which also focused on the themes of inequality in South Korea, following a poor family of crooks who freak out path in the life of a rich but naive household.

At the time, the film was described by a pro-North Korean newspaper based in Japan as a masterpiece that “crudely exposed the reality” of the rich-poor gap in the country, according to Reuters.

Foreign influence and outside information are seen as threats to North Korean leadership, and the country’s leader Kim Jong Un has long ordered its citizens to shun foreign influence, from fashion to fashion. dance movements.

In June, Kim called K-pop a “vicious cancer,” according to North Korea’s state media agency KCNA. In July, an op-ed in the country’s official newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, told young North Koreans to avoid using South Korea’s “dangerous” slang, according to the South Korean news agency. Yonhap.

Pedestrians cross the road under a large Netflix sign in Seoul, South Korea on Thursday. Antony Wallace / AFP via Getty Images

A new law introduced in December provides for up to 15 years in labor camps for those caught accessing South Korean entertainment and threatens those who distribute it with the death penalty, according to KCNA.

But life in North Korea is far from a socialist utopia. The ruling regime is widely regarded as one of the most repressive on the planet, relying on political prison camps to quell dissent. It is also grappling with food shortages and an economic crisis, made worse by international sanctions. aimed at putting pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambition.

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