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That Kid From "Stranger Things" Has A New Prank Show That Tricks People Trying To Find Work

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Agent X    6,860

Gaten Matarazzo, best known for his role as Dustin on Stranger Things, will be hosting a new prank show for Netflix that involves tricking people who are looking for work — a concept that is now being harshly criticized.

Eight episodes of Prank Encounters will launch on the streaming service later this year, Netflix announced in a press release on Friday.

"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," Netflix representatives said. "It's business as usual until their paths collide and these part-time jobs turn into full-time nightmares."

In addition to hosting the show, 16-year-old Matarazzo will serve as one of the executive producers.

There's no further information about how the show will work or what compensation, if any, the unsuspecting job-seekers will receive for being made fools of. Representatives for Matarazzo and Netflix didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

But after Deadline first reported the show's existence, other media outlets were quick to criticize it. Vulture said the show sounded "like a Black Mirror episode," while the AV Club declared, "This is a far scarier premise than any monster that’s ever crawled out of the Upside Down. Demogorgon might take your buddies, but at least he doesn’t screw with you while you’re trying to make rent."

After Matarazzo shared the news on Twitter on Friday, his mentions were full of people criticizing the concept. Many users were offended by the idea of playing pranks on vulnerable people looking for work.

 

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/davidmack/gaten-matarazzo-stranger-things-netflix-prank-show 

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Manel    7,200

Like honestly, what producer hears this concept and goes "Being insensitive with people who are trying to escape poverty and afford healthcare? Loves it".

The level of stupidity.

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Venom    6,028

Why's he even hosting a show to begin with? I don't wanna be harsh by saying that his entire GP identity was his teeth/smile, and that people afaik lost general interest by the time season 2 of ST was a thing but... Isn't that true? brit1 It also feels exploitative on all ends from Netflix, taking the most remembered ST boy's face and slapping it on a project mocking poor/working people for the amusement of small children who don't know any better. A whole mess!

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Sylk    142,384

hired actors pretending to being hired? interesting concept! 

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Moonlight    1,387

They’re probably all actors tbh but the concept is still stupid regardless 

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