Squid Game: Why New Yorkers love this deranged present


A violent and deranged Korean sequence is hardly what anybody anticipated to be the following “Game of Thrones,” however Netflix’s “Squid Game” is the speak of the city. 

The hit present (now streaming) follows determined cash-strapped gamers corresponding to playing addict Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae) as they develop into ensnared in a brutal sequence of youngsters’s video games hoping to win cash whereas preventing to outlive. 

“Squid Game” is a splashy critique of how society treats underdogs – not in contrast to one other current Korean hit, Oscar winner “Parasite” and even the controversial “Joker.” Still, its recognition is weird, because it’s not nice stuff. The present’s grotesque scenes would seemingly make it powerful to abdomen for socially aware New Yorkers — or does it? 

“Squid Game’ definitely doesn’t like billionaires, and that sentiment sells,” Brooklyn-based medical psychology educational Benjamin Katz, 32, advised The Post.

“The show is definitely making a statement about the experience of living under extreme resource inequality, and how desperate people can get for their big break.”

Brooklyn-based writer/journalist Stephanie Guerilus, whose novel “Control” follows a teen activist, tweeted, “#SquidGame is so f–ked up. But yet I’m enjoying it entirely too much.”

Guerilus advised The Post that she doesn’t see “Squid Game” as having a liberal or conservative stance. “I just enjoyed the show and didn’t really filter it through a political lens. It was an intense watch, but very intriguing. Even though we live in a polarized society, I think the show hits a sweet spot for all parties. Many are driven by free will, capitalism, and by any means necessary…At times, it felt like a clash of socialism versus capitalism.”

Most of all, she noticed an underlying theme of Darwinism within the present’s “survival of the fittest,” angle, she stated. 

A smiling man sits on a gurney while a person in a pink jumpsuit and mask tends to him in "Squid Game."
Down on their luck, contestants compete in ugly and deranged video games in hopes of successful a money prize in “Squid Game.”

Brooklyn-based comic Rajat Suresh, 26, tweeted a viral comment in regards to the present with over 87,000 likes up to now: “Wow, ‘Squid Game’ reveals how bad working-class people have it in Korea. Thank god I live in America, where working-class people have it awesome and are very happy.”

“I think it’s definitely trying to shed light on class issues. It’s not really a subtle message,” Suresh advised The Post. “The show sort of beats you over the head with the idea that working-class people are desperate, which is good in a way because working-class people are beat over the head with this stuff every day. This isn’t really a smart reason to like it, but I think it was a good fun show with a solid message.”

He’s unbothered by the blood, he stated, and doesn’t see that as countering his values or the present’s message. “If it wasn’t as violent, I don’t think we as an audience would have really cared as much for the contestants in the game,” Suresh stated. “And I think obviously the excessive violence is supposed to show what working-class people would rather put up with than the capitalist system they have to deal with outside the game.”

“Squid Game,” which hit the streamer on Sept seventeenth, has seen staggering success. It’s risen to be primary in over 90 international locations (together with the U.S. and the U.Ok.) regardless of some call-outs for botched translations. The hashtag #SquidGame has over 22 billion views on TikTok up to now, and it’s trended on Twitter and Instagram. While Netflix is opaque about its viewership numbers, CEO Ted Sarandos stated in September that there’s “A very good chance it’s going to be our biggest show ever.” 

Guerilus stated she didn’t have an issue with the present’s gorier features, as a result of they match its harsh outlook. “I covered my eyes during one of the initial scenes because it was so gruesome, but then I found myself not being able to look away. There’s a tendency to sanitize certain images and the sheer brutality of it all reinforces the concept of the series. I’ll definitely never think of ‘Green Light, Red Light’ the same way again!” 

A room full of people dressed in red and green huddle in "Squid Game."
A daunting recreation performed by determined cash-strapped contestants in “Squid Game.”

Lilly, 29, who works in promoting, agreed. “The violence is difficult to watch, particularly at the beginning,” she stated. “I’m one who usually watches more light-hearted shows. However, you begin to somewhat tolerate it since the show grabs your attention to make you want to keep watching to see who makes it to the end.”

Katz was extra squeamish, however he felt that it was value pushing by means of the components he discovered distasteful, he stated. “The violence is pretty jarring for me — I’ve never even seen an episode of ‘Game of Thrones.’ I’m usually a binge-watcher, but I can only watch an episode at a time. My dad asked if he should watch it and I said, ‘Yes, but drink responsibly.’ As violent as it can get, I think ‘Squid Game’ really nails the feeling of fighting for access in an all-or-nothing world. Life is hyper-competitive right now, and the show hits on that feeling in a way not many others have.”

“Squid Game” doesn’t but have an introduced Season 2, however author/director Hwang Dong-hyuk stated {that a} potential second season would deal with the Frontman, a former cop who now oversees the sport.  

“I think the issue with police officers is not just an issue in Korea. I see it on the global news…Maybe in season two I can talk about this more,” he said.

Netflix’s international TV head Bela Bajaria told Vulture, “We’re trying to figure out the right structure” for a possible Season 2, though nothing has been determined but.

“For the last month, I’ve been told the only thing most TV studios are looking for is Ted Lasso-esque optimism, so it’s gonna be weird this week when they’re all looking for are shows about hundreds of people killing each other for money,” TV producer/author Tze Chun tweeted on Sunday, in reference to “Squid Game’s” runaway success.

Guerilus stated she doesn’t think about the present a guilty-pleasure watch.

“I’ve already started to convert my friends, but I caution that it’s not for those who have a weak stomach.”

A dark room full of shadowy figures wearing pink jumpsuits with black masks covering their faces in "Squid Game."
“Squid Game” is an sudden Netflix sensation, contemplating its usually deranged subject material.

Lilly additionally stated she’s the primary of her mates to look at the present however doesn’t have a problem with passing alongside the rec. “I kept seeing TikToks about the show, and its unique storyline intrigued me to see what all the fuss was about. I know my friends have heard about the show, but I think they’re waiting to watch until one of us finishes it.”

“I think everyone loves it, so I’m not guilty about watching it,” stated Suresh.

Another issue that’s spreading the phrase on “Squid Game” is that non-English language exhibits are rising in recognition (have a look at different hits corresponding to “Lupin” or “Money Heist,”)  thanks partly to their accessibility through streaming. So, blood and gore apart, perhaps it’s not such a shock that it’s catching on with every kind of audiences. 

“I think the [show’s] message is that many good people do bad things for what they believe are good reasons,” stated Guerilus. “I liked that the main characters existed in gray. It would’ve been very easy to show them as only being motivated by greed…But money wasn’t their only motivating factor. They were looking out for their families and just wanted to live.”