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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

the dystopia is here, part 2

Entitled well-paid celeb teenager to prank desperate job-seekers for your entertainment. We. Are. So. Fucked. From Deadline:

Netflix has ordered eight episodes of Prank Encounters, a hidden-camera prank show executive produced and hosted by [16-year-old] Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo. The show, which had been in the works for months, hails from Ben Silverman and Howard Owens’ Propagate. It’s set to launch later this year.

Each episode of this terrifying and hilarious prank show takes two complete strangers who each think they’re starting their first day at a new job. It’s business as usual until their paths collide and these part-time jobs turn into full-time nightmares.

Jesus wept, no. “[T]errifying and hilarious”? Pop culture has gone full-blown sociopathic.

As AV Club puts it: “Gaten Matarazzo’s cool new Netflix prank show is all about screwing with people trying to find work” (I hope AV Club is using cool ironically.)

What the fuck. Maybe 16-year-olds shouldn’t be executive-producing anything.


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