Squid Game director Hwang Dong-hyuk has hit back at claims the runaway Netflix success is ‘misogynistic’.
While the survival drama has raced to the top of the charts on the streaming platform, with Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos recently noting it was number one ‘like everywhere in the world’ and added there’s ‘a very good chance it’s going to be our biggest show ever’, Squid Game hasn’t come without its detractors who have accused the show of reducing women to diminished roles.
One such issue some viewers found is with the story of one female character in particular, Han Min-yeo, (played by Kim Joo-ryoung), who is seen having sex with Jang Deok-su (Heo Sung-tae), seemingly to elevate her position in the deadly game.
Others have also hit out at the series for its depiction of women in an episode where we see masked VIPs surrounded by naked, painted women who are lying around as decoration. Some claimed the figures were exclusively women and suggested this was objectifying.
Some even suggested the notion the female players were deemed to be weaker at the games.
Responding to the accusations of misogyny during an interview with Hankook Ilbo, Hwang insisted those elements of the story weren’t properly represented by some critics following the series’ September 17 premiere.
He said, as per Koreaboo, of Han Min-yeo: ‘It was to show the actions of someone that can do anything (to survive) in an extreme situation.
‘I thought that it was an action that a human would do when placed in the worst situation.’
Hwang added, insisting not all the painted figures alongside the VIP were female: ‘I thought that it was a show of those with power and just how far they would belittle other humans. Not all the painted figures were female.
‘Every VIP would have had a female and a male next to them like a figure. It’s not accurate to say that it is an objectification of women. I used body painting to show how the VIPs objectify humans.’
The series has become a phenomenon since its launch, with millions flocking to Netflix to be part of the hype.
It follows a man with uncontrollable debt, trying to be a better father and son who is invited to win a fortune by playing a series of children’s games.
Only, you lose a game you die a bloody and often gruesome death.
Squid Game is available on Netflix now.
Credit: Original article published here.