Netflix is teaming with one Stranger Things Gaten Matarazzo on a brand new prank show -- ala MTV's Punk'd. However, rather than being met with excitement, the announcement was met with anger over the show's premise: pranking those looking for work.
Matarazzo will serve as host and executive producer on Prank Encounters, for which Netflix has ordered an 8-episode first season, with production having already kicked off. The show will focus on strangers that believe they're starting their first day at a new job. At some point, the strangers in the show will come face-to-face and see what they believe to be a part-time job turn into what is described as a full-time nightmare. Prank Encounters was met with criticism online following the news, with many citing how cruel it was to prank those looking for work.
nothing funnier than thinking you've finally landed a job and eluded unemployment, poverty, and possible homelessness, only to discover you inhabit a cruel hellscape ruled by that kid from Stranger Things https://t.co/cDuSuc3LPx— priscilla page (@BBW_BFF) June 14, 2019
A rich kid is going to pretend to give employment to people who desperately need it then take said employment away so he can make money from it? This is simply cruel.— Cian (@Cianaf) June 15, 2019
Netflix orders show Prank Encounters with Stranger Things' Gaten Matarazzo https://t.co/uAwB8PTYZh
Some have taken to tweeting the 16-year-old star in hopes of him hearing their concerns over the series. However, Matarazzo has not responded. In fact, he's been relatively quiet since voicing his excitement over the series on his social media accounts.
Prank Encounters isn't the first Netflix series to receive backlash online. Insatiable, starring Debby Ryan, faced backlash for its premise following its premiere last year; still, despite the outrage, Netflix has given a second season to the series.
Thus far, Netflix has yet to comment on the backlash.