With Netflix’s new hit series “Squid Game” placing 1st in over 90 countries and being streamed by over 111 million accounts in its first month of its release, the success of this Korean series should be bringing fans nothing but joy, right? Think again.
Fans, although delighted by all the achievements the show has achieved, are more upset at the public and their sudden change in attitude towards Asians.
Before it was nothing but Asian Hate and various Asian communities being targeted and blamed for the spread of Coronavirus. From K-Pop cover girl groups being attacked on the streets to professional athletes being targeted by online bullying, it seemed that the discrimination against Asians would never cease. Now, due to “Squid Game,” no one can stop commenting about how handsome, beautiful, or sexy some of these stars are and how these “fans” developed a sudden interest in Asian actors. Everyone suddenly wants a piece of Wi Ha Joon when before people couldn’t even bare the sight of Asian people on a crowded train. It seems the double standard simply isn’t sitting well within the Asian community and rightfully so.
Althought the actors are breaking many barriers and are proving you don’t need a white lead to make a successful drama, movie, or to produce things in simply English (for those who can’t bare subtitles going across their screens), it seems that the sudden popularity around these Asian stars is also critically hitting the Asian Community where it hurts. Essentially, only the famous are beloved and free of ridicule.
What do you think about the contrasting opinions of these new fans and the pain Asian fans still feel? Can you relate to the situation or do you feel it isn’t worth getting angry over people’s fickle minds? Share your thoughts down below. If you saw “Squid Game” are you interested in learning where that giant robot doll’s origins are from or the cast’s amazing interview with Jimmy Fallon? Click the links for more awesome stories.