Listen, everyone should watch Squid Game, the poignant new South Korean Netflix show currently exploding in popularity. But if anyone has important lessons to learn from its dystopian story about the cruel rat race of late-stage capitalism, it is Jeffrey Bezos, founder and former CEO of Amazon
“I can’t wait to watch the show,” Bezos wrote. And honestly, Jeff, we too would love to know your thoughts once you actually watch this Parasite-meets-Hunger Games critique of the class inequality created by the very exploitative, predatory capitalist systems
In case anyone needs a refresher: Bezos owes a significant portion of his startling net worth to the employees that have reportedly had to resort to
The company also stands accused of repeatedly failing to protect workers throughout the deadly pandemic, with
As the company actively gambled workers’ lives, it even ran disturbingly cheery ads
If you’ve seen even just the first episode of Squid Game, you’ll know exactly how ironic it is for Bezos to miss the point of this disturbing show entirely while marveling at its profitability for Netflix. The
Twitter users did their best to warn Bezos of what he was in for.
Another made it clear what role Bezos would play in the fictional world and, well, it isn’t the hero.
Others suggested he jot down what lessons he takes from it.
Many took the tweet as an opportunity to point out that we collectively hate it here.
So let’s circle back with Jeff — either after he actually watches Squid Game, or after the people start bringing out the guillotines for uber rich. For his sake, we hope they get Netflix in space!