Linda Robson and Janet Street-Porter have expressed their disapproval over Squid Game while discussing the hit Netflix drama on Loose Women, describing it as ‘traumatising’ and criticising the ‘gratuitous violence’.
Last month, South Korean thriller Squid Game launched on Netflix, following a group of individuals in severe debt who agree to take part in a life-threatening game for the chance to win an unimaginable fortune.
The series has received critical acclaim, accumulating millions of viewers across the globe to become Netflix’s most-watched series to date.
However, some people have been critical of the show’s violent themes, with schools warning parents not to let their children watch it.
On Wednesday’s edition of Loose Women, the panel including Linda, Janet, Christine Lampard and Coleen Nolan addressed the appeal of Squid Game, or lack thereof in their eyes.
Linda said that she felt ‘traumatised’ after watching it, saying that there was ‘so much blood’ in the episodes that she watched, which she found ‘really traumatising’.
Janet said that in her opinion, Squid Game consists of ‘gratuitous violence’ and that she finds it ‘creepy’ that the show is based on traditional children’s games.
‘I just thought the whole thing was unpleasant, and that image of the first person getting killed in that game will stick with me,’ she said.
‘It’s creepy because it’s based on childhood games that we’ve all played that are so innocent.’
Several Loose Women viewers expressed their views on Squid Game, with several saying they didn’t find it too violent.
‘I’ve watched & finished #SquidGame & I enjoyed it + I wouldn’t say it’s too gory or violent though, but I will say that the show isn’t for kids though,’ one person said on Twitter.
‘Saying Squid Game is “traumatising” is a bit much don’t you think? it’s not real…. it’s a show, just don’t let your children watch it??’ another remarked.
Someone else emphasised that Squid Game ‘isn’t made for children’, and therefore it is up to parents to be responsible ‘for what they watch when they are young’.
‘I loved the Squid Game. It was all about the depths someone would go to get out of their misery. Yes it was gruesome and it should be over 18. But films like Saw and Hostel are so much more torturing,’ another viewer said.
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.