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Critics Calling New Netflix Show “Cruel” and “Horrifying”
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If you’re a Stranger Things fan, you’ll recognize the host of a new Netflix show that involves tricking people who are looking for jobs. Front-and-center is Gaten Matarazzo, who played Dustin on Stranger Things.
The new show, called Prank Encounters, is set to launch on Netflix by the end of the year. According to Netflix representatives, “Each episode of this terrifying and hilarious prank show takes two complete strangers who each think they're starting their first day at a new job. It's business as usual until their paths collide and these part-time jobs turn into full-time nightmares.” People aren’t very happy about the show. Some Twitter users even likened the show, which seems to prey on unemployed people who just want to make rent, to a prank show that would trick people with terminal illnesses into thinking health professionals have found cures. Cruel shows have aired on TV in the past, including The Briefcase, a show in which impoverished families were given money that they then had to make heartbreaking decisions over – including whether to keep it or give it away. The catch: They were made to feel guilty if they kept it. That’s not all, though.
Joe Millionaire (a show in which women fought over a man they believed to be rich, but who really wasn’t), Boy Meets Boy (a gay version of The Bachelor, except where half the contestants were only pretending to be gay for money), and Who’s Your Daddy (a show in which men were rewarded with cash if they could trick a woman who was searching for her real father) seem to pale in comparison with Netflix’s latest foray into reality TV, which appears on-track to take advantage of people who are desperate for work.
What Do You Think?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on Prank Encounters. Will you watch it? Do you find it funny, or do you think it’s cruelty turned into entertainment? Please join the conversation on my Facebook page or on my Twitter feed to let us know what you think!