An American YouTuber in South Korea has said she regrets turning down a bizarre job offer that involved wearing undies and nipple coverings after it turned out to be a part in Netflix’s number one hit show Squid Game.
YouTubers Raye & Jin explained how the latter, who comes from the US state of Minnesota, inadvertently turned down a chance to appear in the hit Korean show that is currently number one on Netflix in the UK and US, and wowing audiences around the globe.
‘Squid Game’, about a group of people who risk their lives in a survival game to win a huge money prize, is so popular that it has become the first South Korean drama to hit the top of the Netflix charts in America – and it only premiered on 17th September.
Raye said that her mum and family members are keenly watching the show in the US even though they normally “despise” subtitles, adding: “That shows how good it is, because even they’re willing to watch it.”
However, missing out on an opportunity to appear in the hit Korean show has left Raye “p*ssed”.
She said she received a DM (direct message) on Instagram in October 2020 from a production company looking for a model for an unspecified project, adding that it was not uncommon for her to receive such offers.
Raye said: “Like, you don’t even have to try, people will just send you messages all the time, like, ‘hey, there’s this job available, do you wanna do it?'”
However, the message explained that the model would only be wearing undies and nipple covers in the production as well as full body paint.
The role would not include any dialogue and would be “just art” and not sexual, the message continued.
Accommodation and lunch and dinner would be covered along with a fee of KRW 5 million (GBP 3,137) for three days’ work.
Raye said: “That’s a lot of money, right? I thought ‘USD 4,500 for three days of work? I could totally do that!’”
However, the American YouTuber did not fancy only wearing undies and nipple covers in the unspecified project and duly turned it down, explaining: “I didn’t really wanna be naked in body paint for some random project.”
However, the part turned out to be for one of the painted figures used in the VIP room that featured in the seventh episode.
Raye is not the only South Korean resident to be left feeling “p*ssed” since the show’s release.
Earlier this week, Korean media reported that a man’s life has been turned upside down after his phone number appeared on the hit show and thousands of people have not stopped calling it at all hours of the day and night.
The peeved man, name not disclosed, said fans of the show are calling him 24/7 and the situation is affecting his everyday life.
Unfortunately for the man, Korean superstar Gong Yoo makes a cameo appearance in Squid Game where he hands a business card to actor Lee Jung Jae with a number to call to take part in the survival game.
Following a production error, the number turned out to belong to a man who said he has been using it for over 10 years.
He is quoted as saying: “I’ve had to delete over 4,000 numbers from my phone. It has come to the point where people are reaching out day and night due to their curiosity.
“It drains my phone’s battery and (it) turns off. At first, I didn’t know why, and then my friend told me that my number came out in ‘Squid Game’.”
According to local media, eight digits appeared on the business card instead of the normal 10 or 11. The show’s production team removed the first three numbers, representing the area code, instead of digits elsewhere.
The oversight meant that anyone living within the city code could dial the number locally and get through.
Netflix has confirmed they are in contact with the man and are currently working with the production company Siren Pictures to settle the matter.