The Challenge Producers Address Controversial Filming Conditions

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Elsewhere in the Hollywood Reporter interview, executive producer Tim Harcourt mentions how the anti-capitalistic critique of “Squid Game” shouldn’t have really factored into the reality show: “Yes, there is one element [of the original show] that people have latched on to that they think is being not served by a reality show, but I would say it’s a very small part of the original ‘Squid Game.'” Inadvertently or not, the team behind “Squid Game: The Challenge” may have also revealed the pitfalls of capitalism by gathering together hundreds of people and dangling millions of dollars in front of them and then allegedly subjecting them to harsh conditions to possibly attain that cash. 

Another Hollywood Reporter article mentions how several cast members have threatened a lawsuit against the production. Part of the claim involves players who “suffered injuries such as hypothermia and nerve damage as a result of poor health and safety standards on set.” 

A quote from a contestant even states, “People were getting carried out by medics, but we couldn’t say anything. If you talk, then you’re out.” While the interview doesn’t directly address potential legal action, the executive producers’ version of the story seems to be that everything was safe.

Despite this, Stephen Lambert suggests the game was always meant to be tough: “We’re giving away the largest prize in TV competition history. It wasn’t going to be a walk in the park to win $4.56 million.” Expect more details on a possible lawsuit to come, and as for dystopian depictions of pitting disadvantaged people against one another for a chance of winning money, maybe it would be best to leave that to “Squid Game” Season 2. 

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