The Netflix series “Squid Game” is becoming a real social phenomenon. Although forbidden to under 16s because of its great violence, some children still watched it. And have reproduced a violent part of 1,2,3, Sun in a schoolyard. An event not to be taken lightly.
Squid Game: the 2021 surprise card
Posted on September 17, Squid Game very quickly became a real social phenomenon. Within a few days, the Korean series rose to number one among Netflix’s most watched programs. It could even become the most viewed show in the history of the platform. A dazzling success which should quickly lead to a season 2.
In the vein of Battle royale Where Hunger Games, Squid Game features men and women locked in a mysterious game, who must win 6 events to pocket a jackpot of 33 million euros. These tests are based on children’s games, like 1,2,3 Soleil. Except in the series, participants are executed if they don’t win. Graphic violence is ubiquitous in the series which can be shocking for a young audience. It is also logically prohibited for those under 16 on the platform.
The game goes wrong in a school
But faced with such a phenomenon, the ban fails to dissuade some children and adolescents from watching it. The fault also with Netflix which tends to sell the series as fun and light with major marketing operations. Violence is nevertheless very present, and should not be trivialized by the platform, which has many young subscribers.
On October 5, a school in Belgium sounded the alarm. Some students had fun playing “Squid Game” in the yard. So, during a game of 1,2,3, Sun (the first game in the series), the losers were getting hit, as reported RTBF.
The school posted a message on Facebook, asking parents to be vigilant. The post has since been shared over 37,000 times.