Steven Spielberg ‘ignorant’ ‘Squid Game’ comments spark backlash

Steven Spielberg wants some potholders for the quantity of scorching water he’s in in the intervening time.

The critically-acclaimed director is getting warmth for feedback he made about Korean actors on the Netflix sequence “Squid Recreation.”

At a PGA Awards panel over the weekend, the 75-year-old applauded the streaming service for awarding “unknown actors” the chance to helm tasks.

“A very long time in the past, it was home stars that introduced the viewers into films,” Spielberg stated. “Right this moment, it’s attention-grabbing, unknown individuals can star whole miniseries, might be in films.”

“Squid Recreation” is a 2021 South Korean manufacturing that shocked viewers and introduced in very excessive scores for the streamer.

“’Squid Recreation’ comes alongside and modifications the mathematics completely for all of us,” the “West Facet Story” filmmaker added earlier than directing his consideration to Netflix’s co-CEO and chief content material officer Ted Sarandos. “Thanks, Ted.”

Spielberg was slammed on social media, with a number of noting that the present’s stars have been within the South Korean leisure business for fairly a while.

As Twitter was fast to interject, the present’s lead, Lee Jung-jae, has starred in lots of iconic TV sequence and movies, such because the thriller “The Housemaid” and Park Hae-soo has made a reputation for himself in a number of well-liked Korean TV dramas like “Jail Playbook.” 

“Individuals all the time assume the world doesn’t exist outdoors of America. They assume everybody worships us when in actuality they snicker at us. Actors, singers, politicians, scientists, docs, attorneys, CEOs all exist in different international locations. Cease being so ignorant,” somebody tweeted just lately.

One other added, “Correction: “Squid Recreation” proves that Hollywood has been waaayyyyyy behind in recognizing and celebrating longstanding S. Korean Movie/TV storytelling and expertise.”

“Argggg extra ethnocentrism courtesy of Individuals who can’t see previous their very own borders. What sequence like Squid Recreation illustrate is precisely the other: that folks all over the world are happy with content material aside from English/white/US leisure,” wrote one user.

“Squid Recreation” facilities on over 400 determined contestants who should compete with one another in a mysterious and lethal survival sport to win $45.6 billion.

Some chimed in, “People, right this moment’s whitest take, dropped at you by Mr. Steven Spielberg and the LITERAL all-star solid of Squid Recreation.”

A viewer jokingly added, “‘Solely unknown as a result of they aren’t in my nation’s media’ Stephen, i do know you’re busy. However a easy Google seek for the reveals imdb may simply have averted that faux-pas.”

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