Netflix defends Squid game reality spinoff after ‘war zone’ claims

“People were carried out by paramedics… One was carried out on a stretcher”

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Netflix denies allegations by several contestants who claim they were injured while participating in a reality show based on their popularity Squid Game Series.

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Several hopefuls spoke of their horrific treatment Squid Game: The Challengea spin-off of the popular Emmy-winning program, in interviews with the British sun.

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A player claims, “It was like a war zone. People went out in tears.”

Another added: “Even if hypothermia set in people were willing to say as long as possible because there was a lot of money at stake. Too many were determined not to move, so they stood there for far too long.

“People were being taken away by paramedics, but we couldn’t say anything. If you talk, you’re out. Some people couldn’t move their feet because it was too cold.”

Participants reportedly had to stand 30 minutes between takes. “Some ended up crawling,” claimed one person. “One was being carried on a stretcher… Someone could be heard yelling ‘Paramedics.'”

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Hundreds of contestants were eliminated on the first day of filming in the UK.

“People came in thinking they were going to be millionaires, but they left in tears.”

But Netflix fought back the allegations that appeared in the tabloid, calling the claims “untrue.”

“We care about the health and safety of our cast and crew and have invested in all proper safety procedures. Although it was very cold on set – and attendees were prepared – any claims of serious injury are false,” a spokesman for the streamer and its producing partners Studio Lambert and The Garden said in a statement to Postmedia.

After diversity, fewer than five competitors required medics on set, with one contestant injuring his shoulder after accidentally hitting a wall. An unspecified number of others were treated for minor ailments.

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Like the survival series it’s based on, the upcoming reality show will find 456 contestants from around the world competing in challenges to take home $4.65 million.

Squid Game, which became one of Netflix’s most-watched shows of all time in 2021, told the story of a divorced father and losing gamer (Lee Jung-jae) entering a contest of 456 stiff losers. In their desperate bid to win life-changing cash prizes, they engage in deadly schoolyard games where the losers are executed.

When announcing the spin-off last summer, Netflix promised gamers that the “worst fate is going home empty-handed.”

“For this round, the frontman is looking for English-speaking voice actors from all parts of the world,” reads a press release, referring to the warden of the drama’s deadly tournament.

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This handout image, courtesy of Netflix, features a scene from South Korea's
This handout image, courtesy of Netflix, features a scene from South Korea’s “Squid Game.” Photo of YOUNGKYU PARK

The alleged injuries on the set of Squid Game: The Challenge happened when the contestants reenacted the game “Red Light, Green Light” featured in the first episode of the series.

In this competition, contestants had to make it across a finish line when a giant robotic puppet wasn’t looking. If she turned and saw them move, they were killed. In this section, the characters realized how deadly the game was.

Players didn’t die in the reality version, of course, but Britain’s prolonged cold snap apparently proved too much for some hopefuls – just 228 made it through the first round.

In addition to the reality spinoff, Netflix is ​​planning a second season of the hit thriller.

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