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Dutch version of 'Squid Game' shoots unvaccinated people

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By Lee Min-young

'Squid Game' used in violent public ad urging people to get vaccinated

The first episode of Netflix's dystopian series Squid Game starts with the Korean traditional folk game "Mugunghwa flower has blossomed" or "Red light, Green light" with a giant doll standing in front of a group of contestants.

The doll allows players to move only when they hear her singsong voice saying, "Mugunghwa flower has blossomed." Those caught even flinching after the doll utters those words are shot and scores of people fall dead.

The survival drama is supposed to be disturbing and brutal, but a parody crafted by NTR, a Dutch public-service broadcaster, took things too far.

NTR's talk show DeSocieteit posted a controversial Squid Game parody video of the Red Light, Green Light game on the program's social media on Oct. 16.

The video starts with a giant doll singing "Who isn't vaccinated?" and then turns back to shoot people who didn't get their injections.

The campaign seems to have been made to convince young people in the Netherlands to get their vaccine shots, but some say the video is a graphic public campaign to have people get vaccinated.

What are your thoughts on this? Check out the clip.

Lee Min-young minlee@koreatimes.co.kr

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