You know Netflix's Squid Game has hit pop culture fame when children – who probably shouldn't be watching such a violent show – are mimicking it in the playground
On Saturday, 9 October, TikTok user @rossoffthewall shared a video of children playing a popular children's game featured on the show at a playground in Singapore.
The game, called 'Red Light, Green Light' that appears in its first episode, is a well-known Korean children's game.
However, in the show, contestants play a life-or-death version of it, with players getting shot dead if they are caught moving by the giant animatronic doll in front of them.
In the TikTok that was filmed at a HDB flat, children are seen running and stopping like in the regular game
The children's game involves a 'tagger' standing in front and giving commands, while those behind run (green light) to cross the finish line or hold still (red light). Those caught moving during red light loses.
It's obvious the children have watched the series as one of the boys shouts the now-famous Korean chant "mugunghwa kkoci pieot seumnida" like in the show, and pretends to shoot his friends.
They also play along and pretend to fall dead on the ground.
The TikTok went viral, garnering over 160,000 views, and drew differing opinions from netizens
Some users were simply happy to see children playing outdoors again.
Others were concerned that parents were allowing their children to watch the violent show.
Meanwhile, a few reminisced the similar (non-violent) versions they used to play in their own backyards, such as 'What is the time, Mr Wolf?' and 'A-E-I-O-U'.
After Squid Game debuted, fans found the real location of the giant doll from the show in South Korea:
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