Thanks, I hate that.
A reality show based on Netflix’s fictional K-Drama squid game is actually on its way to a streaming service near you, and we’re powerless to stop it.
The contest even features a cash prize of $4.5 million, which is apparently the biggest cash prize of any reality TV contest in history. But unlike Hwang Dong-hyuk’s 2021 Netflix series, unsuccessful contestants will live to see another day.
“squid game took the world by storm [director Hwang Dong-hyuk’s] compelling story and iconic visuals,” said Brandon Riegg, vice president of unscripted series and documentaries at Netflix. “We are grateful for his support as we transform the fictional world into reality in this massive competition and social experiment.” What? What have you done, Dong-hyuk?
“Fans of the drama series are ready for a fascinating and unpredictable journey as our 456 real-world contestants navigate the greatest competition series of all time, full of tension and twists and turns, with the biggest prize money at the end.”
As you can imagine, fans of the original series – which ran for 12 years – are in shock at the announcement, insisting that squid game is a pointed indictment of life in Korea under capitalism, making it a real spectacle is somehow missing the point.
But unfortunately! It’s happening anyway, and while we eagerly await the next critique of capitalism to be subsumed by capitalism itself, we’ll leave you with this round of reaction tweets.
I feel like Netflix may have missed the point of Squid Game? https://t.co/AvuyGEGgud
— John Zaozirny (@johnzaozirny) June 14, 2022
Squid Game being created in a reality TV show just shows that capitalism really is the perfect self-sufficient system. Any form of anti-capitalism will always be co-opted and watered down by those in power until it becomes unrecognizable.
— hai (@_Tahai) June 15, 2022
The game Squid becomes a reality show on netflix is the most postmodern bizarre horrifying shit I’ve ever seen
— Patty O’Furniture (@CaptainBoomcake) June 14, 2022
Imagine signing up for the squid game reality show hosted by Netflix and they actually kill you
— Anna 💫 (@puppy_secretary) June 15, 2022
has anyone working at netflix watched the squid game or has anyone dared to explain why this reality show is one of the worst ideas they’ve had so far
— desty (@fearmozu) June 15, 2022
Capitalism won’t learn any lessons – it essentially co-opts any criticism of it. https://t.co/ajwBtyub1L
— David Lo Pun-ch Nazis (@helpmeskeletor) June 15, 2022
Doing a Squid Game reality show is like the movie Joker doing a gun giveaway promotion
— Aaron Stewart-Ahn (@somebadideas) June 14, 2022
No because the Squid Game reality show looks pretty tempting, I won’t lie.
— ☁︎ (@stayindust) June 15, 2022