A Chinese entertainment program producer apologized for plagiarizing the Netflix drama ‘Squid Game’ produced in Korea.
On the 20th local time, Youku, a Chinese online video streaming service, announced that it would produce an entertainment program ‘The Victory of Squid’.
The program is a concept that challenges the game in childhood and determines the winner. In addition, the poster contains circle (○), triangle (△), and square (□) logos reminiscent of the drama ‘Squid Game’.
After the announcement of the program, even the Chinese criticized it. Most of the criticisms were “obvious plagiarism” and “a copy of the squid game from anyone’s perspective.”
As the criticism grew, the production company issued an apology along with an explanation.
UQ said, “I used an already discarded draft by mistake. I sincerely apologize for the misunderstanding. I will strengthen the process in the sequel to make it a good work.”
He also said that the program name was changed to ‘Win the Game’.
However, this apology also received many critical comments.
Chinese netizens pointed out, “Who will be responsible for creating a negative image of China internationally?”, “Isn’t it okay to plagiarize even the draft?” and “It seems like an anti-Chinese force.”