Chrissy Teigen Faces Backlash for Throwing “Squid Game” Party
Many argued it was tone-deaf for wealthy individuals to reenact a show that follows people living in poverty gambling their lives to get out of debt.
Chrissy Teigen Throws “Squid Game” Party
Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen is facing backlash for hosting a party themed after the hit Netflix series “Squid Game.”
The Korean drama series depicts people who are dealing with financial hardships playing life-or-death children’s games in hopes of getting out of debt. It has been praised for its sharp criticism and examination of social inequality.
Teigen posted photos over the weekend of her and her party guests, which included celebrities like Shay Mitchell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, dressed as characters in the show. Teigen went as the famous Red Light Green Light girl, while most other attendees wore the tracksuits dawned by Squid Game contestants. Other photos of the event showed Teigen’s husband, musician John Legend, wearing a robe and panther mask similar to the one worn by a wealthy businessman who bet on the deadly competition in the series.
Decoration for the affair included gold piggy banks and set recreations. Meanwhile, waiters dressed as the masked game staffers served cocktails. One video Teigen shared showed a winner receiving flights to Napa Valley and dinner at The French Laundry, a three-Michelin star restaurant, as a prize.
“Where do I even begin!!” Teigen wrote in her caption. “What an absolutely epic night. my dream came true of watching my friends fight to the death! dunk tank, musical chairs, hide and seek followed by a very riveting final game of pin the tail on the donkey.”
Twitter Users Accuse Teigen of Being Tone Deaf
On Twitter, many argued that it was out of touch for a group of wealthy people to throw a lavish party based on a show about the desperation of poverty. Some wrote that it was especially “tone deaf” for Teigen to reenact the show “in her mansion.”
“Did you even watch the show?” another person wrote. “You understand you’re the problem right?”
Another person compared her to the “gross rich American VIPs betting on the murder games” shown in the series.
Others did defend her, arguing that “Squid Game” has become so popular that tons of people are throwing events inspired by it or wearing costumes based on the show. Someone also asked, “what exactly [do] people want from rich people engaging with art criticizing capitalism?”
“Should they pretend it doesn’t exist? Should they solemnly report that they ‘got it’ and are very sorry for their insane wealth?” that person continued.
MrBeast Faces Similar Backlash
Teigen has not responded to the backlash, but she is not the first star to be slammed for staging a “Squid Game” event. YouTuber MrBeast similarly recreated the setup so he could have contestants compete in games for prizes. He recently announced that the ordeal cost $3.5 million in total: $2 million to build and produce the games and another $1.5 million for prizes.
Some argued the price tag was too high and that the money would have been better spent directly helping those in need.
Y'know instead of doing this bullshit you could've just given $3.5mil to poor people who actually need it instead of spending it to build something that you're just gonna use to give your friends, who already have quite a bit of money, more money.— Jay 🎗 (@JayBray2006) November 14, 2021
Others defended MrBeast, claiming he already gives money and resources to people who need them. Many shared examples of him giving away food, scholarship funds, and more.
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MrBeast has a reputation for hosting charitable efforts and massive giveaways. Most recently, the YouTuber partnered with Mark Rober in an effort to raise $30 million to clean oceans worldwide. He also operates a food pantry, which has given out over one million meals to people in need.
See what others are saying: (The Independent) (Jezebel) (Dexerto)
Max to Agrees to “Properly” Credit Writers and Directors After Facing Backlash For Lumping Them in As “Creators”
The company said the credits were laid out incorrectly due to “an oversight in the technical transition from HBO Max to Max.”
After film and television writers slammed Max for crediting all writers, producers, and directors as general “creators” on its platform, the company said it will be adjusting its credits display.
“We agree that the talent behind the content on Max deserve their work to be properly recognized,” the streaming service said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
Max — the new rebrand of HBO Max that incorporates Discovery content — launched on Tuesday to much criticism. Amid glitches and app-switching confusion, the biggest backlash it faced was over the choice to lump creative roles into one credit section called “creators.” As one viral tweet noted, if a user were to select the film “Raging Bull,” the service’s display would not specifically credit Martin Scorsese as the director, rather, his name would be included at random with half a dozen other people, including writers and producers.
The decision was condemned by many in the industry who argued it minimizes writers and directors by not properly giving them credit where it is due. Especially amid the ongoing writers’ strike, and with directors and actors starting negotiations with studios, some took it as a slap in the face.
“The studios don’t want anyone to know our names,” writer Christina Strain tweeted. “It’s easier to pay us nothing if we’re faceless.”
“Another move from studios to diminish the role of writers, directors, actors and other craftspeople. Miss me wit this nonsense,” Jorge Rivera, the Vice-Chair of the Writers Guild’s Latinx Writers Committee, added.
In a statement, Directors Guild President Lesli Linka Glatter said that Warner Bros. Discovery’s choice to “collapse” these roles into one credit “while we are in negotiations with them is a grave insult to our members and our union.”
“The DGA will not stand for it,” Glatter continued.
WGA West President Meredith Stiehm claimed the move was “a credits violation,” as well as an insult “to the artists that make the films and TV shows that make their corporation billions.”
On Wednesday, Max said it would rework its crediting.
“We will correct the credits, which were altered due to an oversight in the technical transition from HBO Max to Max and we apologize for this mistake,” the platform said.
See what others are saying: (Gizmodo) (The Hollywood Reporter) (The Los Angeles Times)
A Quarter of Young British Men Support Andrew Tate’s Thoughts on Women
U.K. residents at large, however, do not view him favorably.
Even under house arrest in Romania, misogynist influencer Andrew Tate still holds substantial sway over young men.
According to data from YouGov that was obtained by The Independent, 26% of U.K. men between 18 and 29 years old who know of Tate agree with his views on women. That figure was largely the same for men between 30 and 39, as 28% agreed with Tate’s opinions on the subject.
Men in their 30s were slightly more likely to agree with Tate on his thoughts about masculinity. Three out of ten supported those views, compared to just a quarter of men 18 to 29.
Those statistics only include the thoughts of men who have heard of Tate, but per YouGov, most have. In the 18 to 29 group, 93% were familiar with him, and 86% of men in their 30s knew of him.
The U.K. at large was less aware of Tate, with just 63% of British adults having heard of him. Of that group, only 6% held a positive view of him.
Tate has faced substantial backlash for his sexist rhetoric over the years. In the past, he said that men should have “authority” over their wives or girlfriends, and that women should “bear some responsibility” for being raped. He was previously banned from Twitter over his extremist views on women but has since been allowed back on the platform.
He is currently being investigated in Romania for organized crime and human trafficking. He was arrested and held in custody in December but was released to house arrest earlier this year. No formal charges have been filed against him yet and he has maintained his innocence.
Tate currently boasts a Twitter following of 6.7 million. It has grown significantly since he was enveloped in legal controversy, and many of his supporters have demanded his release.
See what others are saying: (The Independent) (Glamour U.K.)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Involved in “Near Catastrophic” Paparazzi Chase
“While being a public figure comes with a level of interest from the public, it should never come at the cost of anyone’s safety,” a spokesperson for the couple said.
“Aggressive” Paparazzi Chase Couple in New York
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were involved in a “near catastrophic” paparazzi car chase Tuesday night in New York City, according to a spokesperson for the couple.
In a statement, the spokesperson described the photographers as “highly aggressive.”
“While being a public figure comes with a level of interest from the public, it should never come at the cost of anyone’s safety,” the statement added.
“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD officers,” it continued.
Details of the incident are still emerging, but BBC News reported that there are claims the chase involved roughly six cars driving recklessly by running red lights, driving on the sidewalk, carrying out blocking moves, going backward on a one-way road, and taking pictures while driving.
The chase happened after Harry and Meghan were leaving the Women of Vision Awards with Meghan’s mother, Doria. They did not want photographers to learn where they were staying and attempted to avoid them in what turned into a 75-minute chase on a main road in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. They eventually ducked into a New York Police Department Precinct to hide out before getting into a different vehicle.
The NYPD released a statement confirming that they assisted in protecting the couple as “numerous photographers” hindered their transport. Officials said they made it to their destination and there were no collisions, injuries, or arrests.
The couple’s spokesperson is asking the public to not share or post footage of the incident.
“Dissemination of these images, given the ways in which they were obtained, encourages a highly intrusive practice that is dangerous to all in involved,” the spokesperson said.
Memories of Princess Diana
The chase evokes the brutal press hounding Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, was subjected to throughout her life. The paparazzi’s obsession with her ultimately resulted in her death in 1997, when she was killed in a car crash after being chased by photographers in Paris.
Since marrying Meghan and later bowing out of the Royal Family, Harry has made it explicitly clear that he fears those events could happen again. Meghan has been the subject of endless tabloid scrutiny, enduring racism and harassment from the press. Part of the reason they left the Royal Family was to keep their family protected from such attacks.
Mayor Eric Adams brought up Diana’s tragic passing while speaking about Tuesday night’s chase.
“I don’t think there’s many of us who don’t recall how [Harry’s] mom died,” Adams said while speaking to reporters. “And it would be horrific to lose an innocent bystander during a chase like this and something to have happened to them as well…I think that was a bit reckless and irresponsible.”
Adams also questioned whether or not he believes a chase could go on for two hours in a city as congested as New York, but noted that even a 10-minute chase would be dangerous. He said he will be briefed on the exact timeline and details later.