- KFCB has warned parents against Squid Game, says it is unfit for children viewing.
- The series created by Hwang Dong-hyuk, Squid Game revolves around 456 cash-strapped players who accept an invitation to compete in children’s games for a tempting prize, but the stakes are deadly.
Popular Netflix series Squid Game has graphic and violent content that is unsuitable for children viewing, this is according to the Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB).
Addressing a press conference on Monday, KFCB acting Chief Executive Officer Christopher Wambua said that despite the South Korean series referring to a childhood game in some plot, Squid Game is strictly for adults.
“Netflix has rated the series as 18 on account of the graphic and violent nature of the content. It is important to note at this juncture that the rating of 18 is typically assigned to programming that is meant for adults only,” advised Wambua.
The series created by Hwang Dong-hyuk, Squid Game revolves around 456 cash-strapped players who accept an invitation to compete in children’s games for a tempting prize, but the stakes are deadly.
“The release of the Squid Game to the Kenyan market has, however, also elicited concern from parents and caregivers over children emulating some of the scenes in real life settings, either at home or in school,” Wambua said.
“As the statutory agency mandated by statute to regulate film and broadcast content with a view to protecting children from exposure to inappropriate content, the KFCB has resolved to issue an advisory to parents, guardians and care-givers on the Squid Game,” he added.
While confessing to killing four of his family members, 22-year-old Lawrence Warunge reportedly said that he drew inspiration from the movie series, Killing Eve.
If children continue watching Squid Game, KFCB says, a repeat of events that shook Kenya in April when Warunge allegedly killed Nicholas Warunge, his wife Ann, children Christian and Maxwell, and a farmhand James Kinyanjui may reoccur.