Squid Game is a worldwide sensation. The South Korean Netflix import is #1 in over 90 countries is the only thing TV junkies can talk about. It was only a matter of time before the oppressive North Korean regime had something to say about it.

TMZ has obtained and translated content from posts on their Korean language Arirang Meari propaganda site that show a very ticked off hermit nation. The Communist loner country says that Squid Game expounds all the horrors of a capitalist society where crime and corruption are everywhere.

The North Korean site also cites phantom, unnamed South Korean critics who agree with their take on the show. It’s said that the series shows a South Korea that is full of inequality and where the less fortunate are treated like toys for the wealthy.

“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.”


North Korea, under the leadership of a bloodline dynasty currently headed up by Kim Jong-Un, strictly enforces heavy censorship on outside media. Any North Korean citizen caught watching Squid Game is subject to heavy fines or imprisonment.

The same North Korean propaganda outlet called K-pop stars “slaves” earlier this year. Capitalism surely has its problems, but to call wealthy young talent “slaves” might be a reach. This is the same country that won’t allow foreign or domestic reporters to film there out of embarrassment, paranoia, and secrecy. North Korea ranks dead last on the World Press Freedom Index.

It is not surprising to see this kind of reaction to a work of foreign art from North Korea. One could just as easily interpret Squid Game as a critique for their archaic and brutal system of government framed within the culture of South Korea. Kim Jong-un

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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