Parents slam ‘crazy’ and ‘inappropriate’ Squid Game doll as kids flock to see it

The doll appeared at the Trafford Centre in Manchester following a stint in Birmingham New Street Station. The figure is a replica of the one used in the ‘Red Light, Green Light’ episode

Parents have slammed the “massively inappropriate” three-metre Squid Game replica doll from a highly violent episode of the Netflix hit currently touring the UK.

The animatronic doll appeared at the Trafford Centre shopping centre in Manchester at the weekend following a stint in Birmingham New Street Station.

The figure is a replica of the one used in the notorious ‘Red Light, Green Light’ episode where dozens of people are slaughtered by during a game where anyone who loses dies as a result.

The figure touring UK shopping centres and stations was slightly more family friendly, complete with moving light-up eyes and singing capabilities.

It is accompanied by costumed Squid Game guards – without their customary machine guns.

Responding to a video of the doll on the Manchester Family Facebook page, a number of parents voiced their displeasure – with some calling it “inappropriate.”

Helen Sarah said: “Not sure this is appropriate in the middle of a busy shopping centre.

“My five and six-year-old don’t know what Squid Game is, but have asked me because a teacher mentioned at school in assembly that they must not watch it.

“They can both read, so no doubt when we go to the Trafford Centre my six-yearold will read the signs and know a little about the Squid Game that she didn’t know before… as a teacher and a parent this is not a great move, we are trying to protect our kids from this.

“Not promote it in areas that are frequented by families.”

Gemma Louise Cooke agreed: “Don’t want kids to watch it but put it in the middle of the Trafford centre on a busy rainy Saturday, good one.”

Other parents criticised the timing of the attraction, arriving in the same week that centre bosses announced the axing of the popular singing Christmas tree, to make way for the imposing figure.

Lucy Cox added: “They got rid of the talking Christmas tree because it was too scary and replaced it with this??”

While Karen Welsh commented: “This feels massively inappropriate.”

The figure also appeared at Birmingham’s New Street Station, eliciting a similar reaction.

Lisa Leung fumed: “Complete waste of time, kids don’t understand this , not a good thing to promote at anytime let alone near Christmas, what are you thinking, should be a Christmas tree in that space.”

Laverne wrote: “All these people questioning parenting for letting children watch this programme, I’m more concerned with which idiotic children are attempting to copy the games!”

And indeed there have been reports of children copying the games. The behaviour of the children at Evington Valley Primary School, Leicester, who range from three to 11, has been altered by the hit Netflix show, the “concerned” deputy head stated.

The school’s vice head Mr A. Manning sent a letter to parents last month stating that the school is “concerned” by some of the behaviour exhibited by its children, LeicestershireLive reported.