Netflix‘s Korean series Squid Game has gone on to see worldwide success that has yet to be achieved by any Asian production ever since its premiere a month ago. With the incredible accomplishments made by the K-Drama, Squid Game-related parodies have been popping up all over the world. Whether it’s the dalgona game or the green tracksuits, the Netflix series has inspired many different countries.
In light of that news, however, is one country that has started to receive immense backlash for their blatant plagiarism of the series — and it is none other than China.
It’s been reported by numerous media sources that China will be launching a new variety program titled Squid’s Victory sometime in 2022. Premiering on YOUKU, a Chinese video hosting service, the promotional poster of the upcoming show was recently revealed — but the font, the shapes, and the colors looked all too familiar.
In addition to that, just like the Korean series’ plot line, the Chinese variety program is also set to revolve around children’s games. The show will have contestants who will compete with one another in different challenges featuring numerous Chinese children’s games.
This news has been receiving immense backlash from both Korean and Chinese netizens due to the hypocrisy that has been shown by China. Not only did the nation ban all K-Pop and K-Drama related productions, but they also previously criticized the success of Squid Game, stating that they would never remake the series due to the “dark theme of human nature.”
Following the drop of YOUKU’s Squid’s Victory promotional poster, Chinese netizens on Twitter began to express their embarrassment for China’s blatant plagiarism.
humiliating LOL. it's called "SQUID'S VICTORY" pic.twitter.com/rhvJaoEVor
— rui 🐰 (@wangxianling) October 20, 2021
— thedarkniter (@thedarkniter) October 20, 2021
Youku’s upcoming new variety show – Squid’s Victory
— 소칠이꽃길가자 (@XiaoQi101) October 20, 2021
10/20 Youku released news of its newest variety show 鱿鱼的胜利 (Squid's Victory) – participants will play childhood games and follow a plot
Most Cnetz are embarrassed at how blatantly similar it is to Squid Game and are demanding the show to change its name/logo pic.twitter.com/KYOFS1I7lx
— 🍉 田里的猹 (@melonconsumer) October 20, 2021
China copied Korean show again.
The title is “Squid’s Victory”, it will be release in 2022.
Chinese government banned Korean shows, K-pop in Chinese society.
But Chinese production companies copies so many Korean shows.
China stealing many Korean cultures
— Parasite 🎬’s PEACH BICTH🍑 (@ShutDa_Ur_Mouth) October 20, 2021
Korean netizens also chimed into the ongoing situation, as they called out China for their hypocrisy.
- “For real…??? Is this for real??”
- “And it’s not a parody? Hahahahahahahahahahaha”
- “Are they freaking crazy?? Even their title is really tacky. Everything they do is tacky.”
- “Wow it’s so tacky hahahahahahaha”
- “It’s not even a small site. Isn’t YOUKU really famous in China..? But they are blatantly copying it? So classy hahahahaha I’m not even surprised anymore with their fakes.”
- “Netflix, do something.”
- “Seriously, are they not embarrassed? It’s like their country doesn’t feel embarrassment??”
- “Why are they like this hahahaha”
- “They are so dependent on South Korea.”
YOUKU has yet to respond to the ongoing backlash, as both Korean and Chinese netizens ask for the logo and the premise of Squid’s Victory to be changed. Stay tuned for further updates.