The success of the South Korean series The Squid Game (Squid Game) is evidence. So much so, that the title has managed to overcome all barriers, including those of its hermetic neighbor North Korea. The territory, in which, despite the yoke of the communist regime, content from both South Korean and international culture is consumed, has not lost the opportunity to take advantage of the success of the series to become propaganda.
From the state website of the country ruled by Kim Jong-Un, Arirangmeari.com, the country’s authorities send a message criticizing both capitalism and the South Korean way of life.
“The television drama Squid Game is said to have become popular with viewers because it delves into the reality of South Korean capitalist society, where extreme competition for survival and greed are rampant,” the site says. He adds that the reason the television show has been such a success is because it “dug into the reality of South Korean capitalist society, where extreme competition for survival and the greed of the weak are rampant.”
North and South Korea experienced a civil war between 1950 and 1953 that pitted communists and capitalists for control of the Korean peninsula. In 1986 South Korea became a democracy and today it is the twelfth largest economy in the world. For its part, North Korea has been governed in an authoritarian regime by the Kim family for three years since 1948 and its GDP is just over $ 27 billion.