The success of the South Korean series The Squid Game or Squid game even reached an audience as hermetic as that of North Korea, which despite the efforts of the communist regime, habitually consume products of the South Korean and international culture, so Netflix fiction has not been the exception and has even sparked debate among the inhabitants of that country despite the restrictions imposed by its government.
North Korean propaganda web portal Arirang Meari published an article in which he argues that the plot of the series shows an “unequal society where people without money are treated by the rich as if they were chess pieces.”
The article highlighted that: “it makes people realize the sad reality of the beastly South Korean society, in which human beings are pushed into extreme competition and his humanity is being wiped out”.
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This criticism has functioned as a trigger for the speeches of the presidential candidates, looking forward to March 2022, because it is used as a reference by North Korea to reaffirm criticism of the neighboring nation.
South Korean culture it is routinely criticized in North Korea. In March, the same site said big companies treat K-pop stars like “slaves” and live a “miserable life” in the South.
Against South Korean training
North Korea imposes severe fines or jail time for anyone caught enjoying South Korean entertainment products or copying the way South Koreans speak, at a time when the leader Kim Jong – Un intensifies a war against external influences and calls for an improvement of the shows at the local level.
At the end of last year, a radical new law of “Anti-reactionary thinking”, which includes sentences of up to 15 years in a prison camp for those caught by South Korean media.
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