Squid Game's distorted values can harm youngsters - Macau

Top News | Sophie Hui 20 Oct 2021

Popular Netflix show Squid Game is not suitable for children and teenagers as it carries "terrifying violent plots" and "distorted values," the Macau government warns.

Without naming the show fully, Macau's education and youth development bureau said a hot drama "XX Game" has aroused a global trend to imitate characters and called on teens and children not to learn from violent acts in the show.

"If children and teens watched the violent and gory parts of the drama, it would have psychological impacts on them. They may even imitate the violent behavior in the drama and the distorted value could bury deeply in their minds," the bureau said.

The bureau added that many content on online media and on television are not appropriate for children and teens. Schools and parents can teach them to avoid watching programs containing violence and sex.

Parents should also pay attention to children watching shows on the internet during holidays and class suspension, the bureau said.

It is likely that Squid Game will have a sequel as the nine-episode South Korean drama, which premiered on September 17, has become the first Netflix series to exceed 100 million views on the platform.

A North Korean propaganda website earlier criticized the drama for exposing the reality of South Korean capitalist culture.

It made 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," it said.


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