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Squid Game: Why New Yorkers love this deranged show

A violent and deranged Korean series is hardly what anyone expected to be the next “Game of Thrones,” but Netflix’s “Squid Game” is the talk of the town. 

The hit show (now streaming) follows desperate cash-strapped players such as gambling addict Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae) as they become ensnared in a brutal series of children’s games hoping to win money while fighting to survive. 

“Squid Game” is a splashy critique of how society treats underdogs – not unlike another recent Korean hit, Oscar winner “Parasite” or even the controversial “Joker.” Still, its popularity is bizarre, since it’s not pleasant stuff. The show’s grotesque scenes would seemingly make it tough to stomach for socially conscious New Yorkers — or does it? 

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