Rami Malek and Pete Davidson performed a parody country song about the hit Netflix show ‘Squid Game’ on ‘Saturday Night Live’ this weekend (October 16).
Oscar winning actor Malek, who stars as the latest Bond villain in ‘No Time to Die’, joined SNL’s Davidson to perform a sketch about two guys short of money who decide to sign up for the Squid Game.
‘Squid Game’, the South Korean survival drama about debt riddled citizens’ attempts to win an obscene amount of money by playing children’s games, became Netflix’s biggest ever series launch, reaching 111 million fans within a month of its release.
The pair sported the signature green tracksuit worn by contestants in the show, playing the Red Light, Green Light game, the honeycomb cookie challenge, and the glass bridge course.
Performing against the tune of ‘Turn Up On The Weekend’ by the Branchez & Big Wet, they sang: “Yes I’m broke and it’s a damn shame / Guess I gotta play the Squid Game.” Big Wet himself featured in the sketch as a contestant who loses in the cookie challenge.
At one point, Malek sang: “45 Billion Won / That’s a whole lot of money / At least I think it is / I’m confused by the currency,” followed by a clip of him searching for the exchange rate on his phone.
The success of the show has been far-reaching around the world, with Sole Supplier (reported by Variety), sharing that there had been a 97% increase in searches for white slip-on Vans.
Elsewhere, headteachers across the UK have reported a trend of children acting out scenes from the show, which depicts violence and death and is certified 15.
According to the BBC, teachers were urging parents to check their content settings on the streaming services, reporting that children as young as six had been reenacting scenes, in which failure to succeed in the games results in death.
Head teacher of Sir Francis Hill Primary in Lincoln, Gareth Nichols said “a small group of pupils within school, aged around six” had been talking about the show, with some “re-enacting some scenes”.