- Netflix released its original series “Squid Game,” a Korean drama about a deadly game, this month.
- The hashtag #squidgame has racked up 11.1 billion views on TikTok and is full of memes about the show.
- People are parodying games from the show as “red light, green light.”
A wave of memes based on him
South Korea’s original drama “Squid Game” and the twisted games for kids it features are going viral on TikTok, with users reenacting game dramatizations like “red light, green light.”
“Squid Game” premiered on Netflix on September 17 and has since risen to number one in the United States, according to Netflix’s public rankings. The show, a drama in Korean, is about a group of people who, having exhausted their financial options, decide to join a game series that promises a grand jackpot.
But there is a twist: losing a game means you will be killed.
The game of “red light, green light” from the first episode of the show is the driving force behind many of the memes on TikTok. “Red light, green light” is a game for children in which one person orders those behind them to run (green light) and stay still (red light), and eliminates those who move during a phase red light.
The episode “Squid Game” features the Korean version of the game, which according to the Encyclopedia of Korean Popular Culture it is known as mugunghwa kochi pieotsumnida (무궁화 꽃 이 피었 습니다). But in the show, a giant animatronic girl orders players to run and stop, and if she catches them moving, the animatronic immediately fires a gun to shoot them, eliminating the player.
Many of the videos are concentrated under a sound uploaded by TikTok user @yovincaprafika that cuts out the animatronic saying “mugunghwa kochi pieotsumnida “. Sound has been used in more than 200,000 videos, and people use it to represent scenarios of how they would act in the game.
Others on TikTok are trying the non-deadly version of the show’s second game, attempting to cut a shape of dalgona candy (or honeycomb toffee), which is a popular South Korean street food also known as ppopgi (draw). As Insider previously reported, Some sellers will give you a free piece if you can stamp the shape of the candy without breaking it.