There’s no denying the fact that Netflix’s recently released survival drama Squid Game has become a global phenomenon. And given the record-breaking numbers that it has managed to amass within the first month of its release itself is proof of its popularity. While the Korean drama continues to fascinate the audience worldwide, many union workers gathered on the streets of Seoul, earlier this week, were spotted donning Squid Game uniforms and masks as they protested demanding better working conditions from the government.
While the city government has filed police complaint against the protestors/labour group, who stepped out and flouted several Covid-19 rules, despite President Moon Jae-in’s request. But what has grabbed everyone’s attention and become a topic of discussion on social media is the large group of people, who opted to join the protest wearing costumes inspired by the popular dystopian drama.
Several union workers dressed in #SquidGames outfit take part in a rally in #Seoul, saying just like in the movie they too are struggling to make a living. They called on the government to improve workers’ rights. Some reports say about 30,000 took part in the rally. pic.twitter.com/tus8vj9KeG
— LIM Yun Suk (@yunsukCNA) October 20, 2021
According to a recent report, the Korean drama has surpassed the 130 million mark, a week after Netflix officially announced Squid Game to be its biggest series launch ever post-Bridgerton. Furthermore, it also suggested that the giant online streaming platform expects the popular series to generate around $900 million, given its current trend.
Squid Game has officially reached 111 million fans — making it our biggest series launch ever! pic.twitter.com/SW3FJ42Qsn
— Netflix (@netflix) October 12, 2021
With several memes and challenges already going viral on the internet, the Ministry of Railways and Mumbai Police recently shared Squid Game inspired posts promoting various public awareness messages. The Squid Game fever has even reached the UK, as road signage resembling the symbols used in the Netflix series left many motorists confused. The conversation revolving around the sign went viral eventually, prompting the police to intervene and issue a clarification note.
— TVP Roads Policing (@tvprp) October 11, 2021
The ongoing trend surrounding Squid Game didn’t take much time for desi fans to join the online banter. From Bollywood-inspired memes to comparing the dystopian show with Sanjay Dutt and Imran Khan 2009 movie Luck, the microblogging site has been flooded with several Squid Game related posts.
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