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To the uninitiated, Squid Game is a survival thriller wherein 456 indebted individuals are brought into a set of seemingly simple childrens’ games organised by a masked troop of guards. If they win the games, they’ll be rewarded with a prize pot of 45.6 billion won (about £29,000). If they lose, they’ll die. And their death adds another 100 million won to the pot for the survivors to fight for.
Dark. "People are attracted by the irony that hopeless grownups risk their lives to win a kids' game," said Hwang Dong-hyuk of the show’s popularity, and cited the entrenched income inequality and the exploitation that capitalism encourages in South Korea as inspirations.
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One might argue that Donaldson’s plans to recreate the show in real life have missed the points made by the story’s themes by a country mile. Donaldson himself is famous for his philanthropy, pledging to raise $30 million to remove 30 million pounds of plastic and other waste from oceans, rivers and beaches only recently.
The Squid Game sets are coming together! Wish the 456 contestants good luck next week 😈 pic.twitter.com/LdHf3OSsOE— MrBeast (@MrBeast) November 3, 2021
I wouldn’t say that this is a total rebrand, just a stunt for fans of the show. “The Squid Game sets are coming together! Wish the 456 contestants good luck next week,” said the YouTuber in a post to Twitter, sharing the sets in their semi-complete form. There’s the giant swingset seen in the Dalgona game, the fake streets where the characters played marbles, and the painted field where the Red Light, Green Light game took place.
Given that Donaldson doesn’t look particularly paint-y in these photos, I don’t think he’s the one putting all of the pieces together. Cryptically, Donaldson is answering every ask about whether or not the contestants will die in these games with “No comment.” Personally, I think they’ll meet a fate worse than that — being splatted with a tomato. Tomatoes are rancid.
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