Do as we say, not as we do, was yesterday’s message from the concerned trolls at the Royal Thai Police.
A top police rep came out to warn that the violence depicted in immensely popular Netflix series Squid Game may turn children into little criminals, despite the very real violence they can see carried out by the very same police on a regular basis.
Col. Krissana Pattanacharoen, police spokesman, said Sunday that he is “worried” Thai youth may imitate violent behavior from the South Korean survival drama – the same youth subjected to beatings, shootings, tear gas and more for the temerity to protest for their rights in the streets.
Krissana advised parents to monitor their children’s consumption of media. To underscore their full-blown moral panic, national police chief Gen. Suwat Jangyodsuk has instructed police units to warn the public about the danger of viewing “inappropriate” online content.
Squid Game revolves around cash-strapped players competing in childish competitions for a big prize – with deadly penalties for losing. The show has become a global sensation and ranked among the top 10 most-watched shows in Thailand since its release .
In many countries, the series has a voluntary rating of 18 and up.
While there are zero reports of children or teens imitating the show, Thai police have been enthusiastically doling out hurt to civilians. Charges of police brutality have piled up as the authorities attack protesters with with rubber bullets, chemical irritant-laced water and tear gas. Just last month, a police vehicle ran down a pedestrian at high speed and sped away from the scene. A boy today remains in a coma after he was shot in the back of his head by a police officer in August.