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Stranger Things Star's Prank Show Under Fire for Needless Cruelty

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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.

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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.

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Thus far, Netflix has yet to comment on the backlash.

(via Deadline)

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