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Pyongyang vs ‘Squid Game’: “Reflects South Korean capitalism’s bestial nature”

Byeditorial

Oct 13, 2021

On the day it is crowned Netflix’s most watched series ever at launch, ‘Squid Game’ is targeted by the North Korean propaganda machine as an example of the “bestial nature of South Korean capitalist society”. In a post published by a North Korean news site, the South Korean series, which has quickly become a ‘cult’ all over the world, is interpreted as a metaphor for “the unfair society where the strong exploit the weak” and “where humanity is alienated from competition taken to the extreme “. In the series, among the hundreds of desperate indebted people, tormented by creditors who threaten them, who agree to participate in mysterious games with a billionaire prize in which the loser dies, there is also Kang Sae-byeok, a young woman who fled with her brother from North Korea in search of a better life but which instead ended up in poverty forced to be a pickpocket.