“Squid Game,” Netflix’s newest original thriller series, has seemingly gathered enough attention that the North Korean communist dictatorship has begun to claim that the show explains a story about the dangers of capitalism.
The drama, which was created in South Korea, first aired back on the 17th of September and has skyrocketed to hold the number one slot in over 90 different countries and has very quickly cemented itself as Netflix’s most-viewed original show of all time. The show, which has been dubbed into English for western audiences, centers on a group of debt-laden people who are strongarmed by a shadowy organization to play kids games to the death in exchange for massive cash payouts.
As reported by Reuters, Arirang Meari, the state-run North Korean news outlet, stated back on the 12th of October that “Squid Game’s” dystopian story is a stern warning of the “hell-like horror” of all capitalist cultures in which “only money matters,” and went on to add that in all free-market nations “corruption and immoral scoundrels are commonplace.” The news story also went on to make the claim that the show “makes people realize the sad reality of the beastly South Korean society in which human beings are driven into extreme competition and their humanity is being wiped out.”
“It is the current South Korean society where the number of losers in fierce competition such as employment, real estate, and stocks increases dramatically,” stated the article.
There is one major plot point that should be noted though when speaking about North Korea and Squid Game. In the Show, one of the main characters is taking part in the games in order to earn enough money so that she can help her family escape North Korea which, given the extreme popularity of the show, could explain why the North Korean government could have an interest in shifting the limelight to other elements of the show’s plot.
The direct discussion of, or even mention of, a South Korean show is highly unusual in North Korea where the countries population could look down the barrel of prison time, fines, or even summary execution for the consuming of South Korean entertainment. Reuters went on to note, “A sweeping new ‘anti-reactionary thought’ law was imposed late last year, including up to 15 years in a prison camp for those caught with media from South Korea.”
The idea that there has been such a buzz from the communist regime’s propaganda machines concerning “Squid Game” is especially weird when you consider that the state-controlled intranet refuses to allow the citizenry any access to Netflix at all.