Donegal influencer Eric Roberts has shared his disappointment at being eliminated from Netflix’s Squid Game: The Challenge series ‘because he was a man’.
Episode seven of the reality series saw Downings native Eric being knocked out of the game during a ‘test of allegiance’.
The test saw all the female players choosing to keep each other in the game, leaving eleven men to be sent home.
Eric said his ‘untimely demise’ was not how he wanted to go out.
The high-stakes game began with 456 battling to win $4.56 million through a series of gruelling challenges.
Eric, who made it to the last 31, said he was snubbed by “the feminist party”.
In an Instagram reel, Eric joked: “Now I love women empowerment, okay my mum is a woman.”
On a serious note, he said: “But when it comes to 4.56 million dollars to be eliminated because I was a man that really hurt. From a personal standpoint I didn’t care if you were black, white, man, woman, fat skinny, we were all just people in there competing so I really didn’t take that well.
“I wanted to go out on my own terms and I felt like it was I was robbed because I played such a good game up to that point.”
Eric, aka player 215, applied a strategy of flying under the radar to progress through the rounds.
“If I could do it all over again I don’t think I would play the game any differently,” he said.
“I stayed true to myself, I didn’t make it an eejit of myself and I wasn’t playing up to the camera. Yes, that meant I didn’t get much camera time, but that was my strategy I thought I played a good game.”
Squid Game: The Challenge was recorded in London in January. Since then, Eric’s career as a content creator has been rapidly on the rise. A former Special Needs Assistant, he has landed top roles presenting, modelling and content creation.
The second batch of Squid Game: The Challenge episodes are streaming now on Netflix. The finale will air on 6th December.