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Teigen held the party based on the popular Netflix show, which sees individuals struggling with debt participate in deadly children’s games, over the weekend, with the Cravings author later sharing photos from the event.
In pictures posted to Instagram, Teigen and her guests, who included fellow celebrities such as Shay Mitchell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, dressed up as characters from the show.
“Where do I even begin!! What an absolutely epic night,” Teigen captioned the Instagram photo album. “My dream came true of watching my friends fight to the death! Dunk tank, musical chairs, hide and seek followed by a very riveting final game of pin the tail on the donkey.”
On Twitter, however, many people found issue with Teigen’s decision to host a party based on the South Korean show, with some accusing the cookbook author of being “tone-deaf” and “missing the point”.
“I’m 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,” one person tweeted.
Another said: “Usually I’m a fan of Chrissy Teigen but there’s something super f***ed up and weird about spending the weekend cosplaying Squid Game with your incredibly rich friends.”
“The simply unmatched irony of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen hosting a Squid Game party for all their rich celeb friends,” someone else wrote.
Taking personal offense at the complete lack of self awareness Chrissy Teigen must have in order to throw a Squid Game-themed party where she watches her rich friends 'fight to the death'. The commentary just writes itself...
— ﻡ (@maira_asaad) November 15, 2021
Chrissy Teigen having a Squid Game birthday party is a new level of yikes
— la shitty attorney, mike feuer (@alexbobskers) November 16, 2021
Of COURSE Chrissy Teigen cosplayed squid games with her rich friends lmao
— Megan W (@reallymegan) November 13, 2021
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
Yknow what, I’m tired of being self aware and trying to live a judgment free life. I wish to be as ignorant as Chrissy Teigen hosting a Squid Game party with her rich LA friends.
— Alex Reino (@alexreino) November 13, 2021
While the comments under Teigen’s Instagram post have since been limited, many of her followers also took to the platform to share their criticisms.
“This is so beyond tone-deaf as a millionaire to invite your rich friends over and reenact Squid Game, which is rooted in the violence of capitalism,” one critic wrote, while another claimed that the former model had displayed a “complete lack of self-awareness”.
As of now, neither Teigen nor Legend have addressed the backlash over the party.
The Independent has contacted a representative for Teigen for comment.