In a chilling twist of reality, the UK version of Netflix's popular game show "Squid Game" has reportedly turned into a nightmare for its contestants. At least one competitor was carried out on a stretcher, while others have allegedly suffered severe frostbite due to the conditions of the competition.
Based on the creepy hit series, the real-life version of "Squid Game" sees contestants competing in a deadly competition, akin to the fictional 2021 South Korean series in which players who lose the game are shot with a machine gun.
The UK adaptation, dubbed "Red Light, Green Light," has reportedly left contestants feeling inhumanely treated, with some even planning to sue Netflix for their treatment.
"Inhumane Treatment": Contestants Speak Out
One contestant, who has chosen to remain anonymous, spoke out about the conditions they faced during filming. "We were tortured for eight hours.
You don't treat animals like that. I know the show was supposed to be difficult, but it felt inhumane. At one point I saw they were bringing in a black coffin with a pink ribbon just like in the original show. I feel like they prioritized getting a good shot over helping us," they said.
Another contestant, who also wishes to remain anonymous, recounted a disturbing incident that occurred during one of the breaks in the game. "Her head hitting the floor echoed around the studio. Then another lady fell. They were dropping like flies," they said.
Due to the extreme temperatures of -3 degrees Celsius, some of the contestants were forced to drop out of the competition, with some being carried out on stretchers by doctors. The contestants also reported that they were given blood packs under their clothing to activate automatically if they moved during the pause, to make it look like they had been shot.
“Even if hypothermia kicked in then people were willing to stay for as long as possible because a lot of money was on the line. Too many were determined not to move so they stood there for far too long. There were people arriving thinking they were going to be millionaires but they left in tears”.
they told The Sun.
In response to the allegations, Netflix has denied that anyone was seriously injured during the competition, stating that only three people required minor medical attention. The streaming giant has yet to comment on the contestants' claims of inhumane treatment.
Netflix said: “Netflix, Studio Lambert and The Garden takes contributor care as one of its highest priorities and regular toilet breaks, water and food are categorically standard practice on production. All contestants were prepared by production several weeks ago that they would be playing a game in cold conditions and participated knowing this.
All precautions were taken to ensure the game was played safely”. "Squid Game" has taken the world by storm, garnering a massive fan base for its twisted premise. However, the real-life version of the show has raised serious questions about the ethics of reality television and the treatment of contestants.