Angry contestants who took part in Netflix’s real-life iteration of Squid Game have threatened to sue the streaming service over their ‘animal’ like treatment.
A number of players told The Sun that they were ‘tortured’ and made to compete in freezing temperatures of -3 degrees celsius.
“We were tortured for eight hours. We were just fodder. You wouldn’t treat animals like that,” one contestant said.
“I know the show was supposed to be tough but it felt inhumane.
“At one point I could see they were bringing on a black coffin with a pink ribbon just like in the original show.
“I feel like they prioritised getting a good shot over helping us.”
Another player said they saw multiple contestants collapse throughout filming, including one woman who he believes had a seizure.
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“Her head hitting the floor echoed around the studio before she started having what looked to me like a seizure.
“Then another lady collapsed. They were dropping like flies.
According to the publication, multiple players said that they are considering suing Netflix over their treatment.
Dystopian drama Squid Game was released in September 2021, and smashed streaming records within it’s first week of release. The streaming giant piggybacked off the success of the show by creating a ‘real-life’ iteration of the show called Squid Game: The Challenge, which is essentially a reality TV style version of the games – without the murders.
While reality shows generally have hundreds of thousands of applicants – Squid Game: The Challenge has a massive drawcard for entrants in the form of the massive prize amount on offer. The winner of the show will take home the largest prize ever – a whopping $4.56million prize (approx $6.77 million AUD).
While the premiere date of Squid Game: The Challenge hasn’t yet been confirmed, it’s expected to air sometime this year.
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