North Korea claims Netflix hit Squid Game shows ‘beastly’ truth of South Korea

A North Korean propaganda website has claimed that the hit Netflix show Squid Game shows the “corruption and immoral” culture in neighbouring South Korea.

The Arirang Meari website cited anonymous film critics as it suggests the show highlights the reality of South Korean society.

The show, which is set in South Korea, sees contestants stricken by poverty play through a series of deadly games to win a life changing amount of money.

The website said: “It is said that it makes people realize the sad reality of the beastly South Korean society in which human beings are driven into extreme competition and their humanity is being wiped out."

They also labelled the premises of the show as an "unequal society where moneyless people are treated like chess pieces for the rich."

Squid Game has become a global phenomenon since launching on the streaming platform but North Korea is not allowed to access it.

North Korea imposed these laws to stop influences coming into the country from South Korea.

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The crackdown comes as Kim Jong-un steps up a war on outside influences and calls for better homegrown entertainment.

A new “anti-reactionary thought” law was imposed late last year, which includes up to 15 years in a prison camp for those caught with media from South Korea, according to summaries of the rules obtained by Daily NK, a Seoul-based website that reports from sources inside North Korea.

North Koreans also face punishment if they try to copy the way South Koreans speak.

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South Korean culture is heavily criticised in North Korea, and this includes the nation's K-pop icons.

In March, the Arirang Meari website wrote that K-pop stars are treated like “slaves” by large companies and how they live a “miserable life” in the South.

In February 2020, a pro-North Korea newspaper based in Japan praised Academy Awards best picture-winning South Korean movie “Parasite”.

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The publication labelled the film as a masterpiece that “starkly exposed the reality” of the rich-poor gap in South Korea.

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