'Stranger Things' star Gaten Matarazzo slammed for 'cruel' Netflix series that tricks unsuspecting employees


Stranger Things' Gaten Matarazzo's upcoming Netflix series plans to ruin people's work days, and people want it canceled.

On Friday, Matarazzo tweeted a news article announcing Prank Encounters, a new 8-episode Netflix series hosted and executive produced by the 16-year-old. The show is filmed with hidden cameras and tricks unsuspecting workers - who believe they're embarking on their first day at a new job - into a chaotic orientation.

"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," reads a Netflix press release. "It's business as usual until their paths collide and these part-time jobs turn into full-time nightmares." The show, which has been compared to Ashton Kutcher's successful Punk'd series, will reportedly air in late 2019.

But tweeters criticized the teen actor of workplace harassment and "genuine cruelty," especially due to Matarazzo's success at such a young age. And people searching for work took his new gig personally.

A Netflix spokesperson tells Yahoo Entertainment, "The pranks in Prank Encounters are spooky, supernatural, and over the top, and everyone had a great time. All participants came in with the expectation this was a one-day, hourly gig and everyone got paid for their time."

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