Netizens criticized director Steven Spielberg for calling the “Squid Game” cast “unknown actors” 

Director Steven Spielberg is being criticized for referring to the Korean actors who appeared in Netflix’s “Squid Game” as unknown actors.

According to the New York Post on March 23rd (local time), Spielberg mentioned the drama “Squid Game” in a panel speech at the Producers Guild of America Awards on March 19th. 

On this day, he said, “A long time ago, it was domestic stars that brought the audience into movies. Today, it’s interesting, unknown people can star [in] entire miniseries, can be in movies.”

Director Spielberg added, “Squid Game’ comes along and changes the math entirely for all of us.”

Steven Spielberg

Although it contains favorable reviews for the casting and performance of “Squid Game,” SNS users responded that such remarks themselves were a problem.

Many netizens pointed out that the actors in “Squid Game” have already been active in the Korean entertainment industry for a long time and are famous stars.

In particular, one netizen said, “Americans always think that the world exists only in America. They think everyone worships them,” adding, “actors, singers, politicians, scientists, doctors, lawyers, and CEOs all exist in different countries. Don’t be so ignorant.”

Lee Jung-jae

There were also opinions such as “He could have avoided such rudeness just with a simple Google search,” and “Squid Game” proves that Hollywood has long lagged behind in recognizing Korean film and TV talents.”

Park Hae-soo

The New York Post also said, “The show’s lead, Lee Jung-jae, has starred in many iconic TV series and films, such as the thriller “The Housemaid,” and Park Hae-soo has made a name for himself in several popular Korean TV dramas like “Prison Playbook.”

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