Director Steven Spielberg facing backlash over ‘ignorant’ Squid Game comment

Acclaimed director Steven Spielberg has landed in hot water after making a Bizarre comment about the hugely popular Netflix series Squid Game.

Famed filmmaker Steven Spielberg is facing backlash over his comments about the Korean Actors in the hugely popular Netflix series Squid Game.

At a Producers Guild of America Awards panel over the weekend, the 75-year-old critically acclaimed director applauded the streaming service for awarding “unknown Actors” the opportunity to helm projects, reports the New York Post.

“A long time ago, it was domestic stars that brought the audience into movies,” Spielberg said. “Today, it’s interesting, unknown people can star [in] entire miniseries, can be in movies. ”

Squid Game is a 2021 South Korean production that Shocked viewers and brought in very high ratings for the streamer.

Squid Game comes along and changes the math entirely for all of us, ”the West Side Story filmmaker added before directing his attention to Netflix’s co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “Thank you, Ted.”

But Spielberg was slammed on social media, with several notations that the show’s stars have been in the South Korean entertainment industry for quite some time.

As Twitter was quick to point out, the show’s lead, Lee Jung-jae, has starred in many iconic TV series and Films, such as the thriller The Housemaidand Park Hae-soo has made a name for himself in several popular Korean TV Dramas like Prison Playbook.

“Americans always think the world doesn’t exist outside of America. They think everyone worships us when in reality they laugh at us. Actors, Singers, Politicians, Scientists, Doctors, Lawyers, CEOs all exist in other countries. Stop being so ignorant, ”one person tweeted.

Another said: “Correction: Squid Game proves that Hollywood has been waaayyyyyy behind in recognizing and celebrating longstanding South Korean film / TV Storytelling and Talent. ”

“Argggg more ethnocentrism courtesy of Americans who can’t see past their own borders. What series like Squid Game illustrate is exactly the opposite: That people around the world are satisfied with content other than English / white / US entertainment, ”wrote one user.

And another said: “Folks, today’s Whitest take, brought to you by Mr Steven Spielberg and the LITERAL all-star cast of Squid Game. ”

One person jokingly added: “‘Only unknown because they aren’t in my country’s media.’ Stephen, I know you’re busy. But a simple Google search for the show’s IMDb [website entry] could easily have avoided that faux pas. ”

This article originally appeared in the New York Post and was reproduced with permission

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