The squid game o Squid game It is on its way to becoming the most watched series in Netflix’s entire history; However, its overwhelming success made it the target of multiple criticisms, such as the fact that to have showed a real phone number in its first chapter or for an unusual increase in internet consumption in South Korea. In addition, Asian production has also had to face accusations of misogyny.
Internet users took into account two specific aspects to describe the Asian production as misogynistic. On the one hand, the way in which the character of Han mi nyeo, a woman who sleeps with a mobster and uses undignifying methods to ensure her survival in deadly competitions.
In this regard, the creator of The Squid Game, Hwang Dong-hyuk, rejects the accusations and mentions that this character seeks to “show the actions of someone who can do anything to survive in an extreme situation.” “I thought it was something what a human would do when put in the worst case scenario possible“, it states.
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The other aspect for which they accuse Squid game of objectifying women, it is through the scenes of the final chapters, where VIP clients witness the games live from a room decorated with naked women, whose skin is tattooed with feline features. When asked about this aspect, Dong-hyuk was categorical in denying a misogynistic attitude.
“It was to show those with power and to what extent they could denigrate other people. Not all paintings are women. Each VIP had at his side a woman and a man as figures. It is not accurate to say that it is a reification of women. I used the painted bodies to show how VIPs objectify people ”, he highlighted.