Watching the actual Squid Games show was enough for me so I haven’t been keeping up with this new Netflix reality spin off of it and boy am I glad I haven’t because some news is coming out about it that’s a bit worrying.
According to one of the game’s participants, the players that made it through the Red Light, Green Light challenge were given personal toiletries to use in the dorms which included a toothbrush, toothpaste, and hand sanitizer, but something was left out that I didn’t realize was so important: Chapstick.
That’s right, no Chapstick was provided to the participants and apparently it was a big deal.
After a few days, people’s lips began getting dried out and apparently it was pretty bad because some starting going through desperate measures to try and ease their discomfort.
A bunch of condoms were provided to the show’s participants (Because you can’t expect people to be in close courters with each other and not start bumping uglies I guess, I don’t know, it feels weird) and those with chapped lips came up with the idea to crack open a lubricated condom and rub it on their lips in hopes it would moisturize.
EW spoke to Player 301 (actual name Trey Plutnicki) about it:
“I’m going to confirm this: Yeah, that’s 100 percent real.
There was lotion, there was conditioner, and those were the first two tries. And after I tried those and they weren’t working, I was like, ‘Well, that’s all of our options, because obviously we’re not going to use the condoms.’ And within a day, maybe a day and a half, all the condoms were gone. It was absurd. And it still didn’t work!
When people tried it and they kept trying it and it didn’t work, and I was like, ‘Obviously!”
Wow… Are people’s lips really this sensitive?
Maybe I’m just fortunate, but I’ve had my share of chapped, dry, and cracked lips but it never got to the point where I’d rub a condom on my face. And before anyone says anything, no I don’t use Chapstick or anything else like it. It’s probably been at least 12 years since a stick touched my lips.
Guess I’m just built different than these Squid Games players… Maybe I should have tried out…