American model and TV personality Chrissy Teigen and her husband, musician John Legend, are under fire for hosting a Squid Game-themed party for their rich and famous friends at their home this past weekend.
The couple enlisted the help of the award-winning party planning company, Wife of the Party, to plan the event and to transform their home to look like the K-Drama’s set.
The party decor included a maze staircase, bunk beds, and a large piggy bank that hung overhead filled with cash. There was also a set of tables arranged in a triangle that resembled the last meal between the final 3 contestants.
The star-studded guest list included celebrities like Pretty Little Liars‘ Shay Mitchell and Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Chrissy Teigen dressed as the doll that shot and killed players during the lethal “Red Light, Green Light” game, and John Legend dressed as one of the VIPs, the wealthy men who paid to watch the players die as they competed in the deadly games.
The guests dressed as the players and wore green tracksuits with numbers on them, just like in Squid Game.
Workers served food and drinks while dressed as the masked guards from the K-Drama.
In Squid Game, the players competed for ₩45.6 billion KRW (about $38.6 million USD). At Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s party, the guests competed for flights to Napa Valley, California and dinner for two at French Laundry, an exclusive restaurant.
In the caption for her Instagram post after the party, Chrissy Teigen thanked the party planners for an “epic night” and said her “dream came true of watching my friends fight to the death.”
Other celebrities found the party’s theme hilarious.
However, fans were not impressed by the party’s theme and thought it was inappropriate considering that Squid Game was about the wealthy class taking advantage of the impoverished. Poor people drowning in debt were put into the deadly games to fight for the very slim chance of winning the prize and find hope for their families and themselves. Many fans called Chrissy Teigen out in the comments of her Instagram post.
Fans also called Chrissy Teigen and John Legend out on Twitter after the photos from the party were posted.
im sorry rich people are literally so tone deaf. squid game was literally about people whose lives were so awful because of being poor that they’d rather play a game of literal life or death to escape going back to poverty and chrissy teigen is really reenacting it in her mansion pic.twitter.com/BMLY4853SF
— lana (@nhllana) November 14, 2021
Chrissy Teigen threw a Squid Game themed party and once again missed the entire point
— 1984’s George Whorewell (Taylor’s Version) (@EwdatsGROSS) November 14, 2021
no longer worried about my personal abilities in textual analysis because at least i'm not chrissy teigen doing squid game with her rich celebrity friends because she thinks she's sae-byeok and not one of the gross rich american VIPs betting on the murder games
— zoë 🌙🌈🗣 (@zoenone0none) November 12, 2021
Usually I’m a fan of Chrissy Teigen but there’s something super fucked up and weird about spending the weekend cosplaying Squid Game with your incredibly rich friends.
— sweeter than freedom (@topscallop) November 13, 2021
Meanwhile, Chrissy Teigen said she will post more photos from the Squid Game party soon.