Jim Denison on Why “Cuties” is Wrong and How Christians Can Stand for What is Right

I need to begin today’s Daily Article with an admission: I will not see the movie I am going to criticize today. Critics of what I am about to say will note that fact. But I doubt they would say that I need to contract cancer to warn you not to contract cancer.

The film Cuties is currently available on Netflix. The streaming service describes the movie this way: “Eleven-year-old Amy starts to rebel against her conservative family’s traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew.”

“Free-spirited” doesn’t begin to tell the story.

Scenes of a movie that should not have been made 

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is a secular platform owned by Amazon, not a Christian family movie-reviewing site. Nonetheless, its descriptions of some of the scenes in Cuties are beyond disturbing. I am sorry for what you’re about to read and will edit where I can, but since I hope you will not see the movie, what follows is essential to understanding the furor over it:

  • “When caught with her cousin’s phone, an eleven-year-old girl locks herself in the bathroom, pulls down her pants, and snaps a picture of her private parts before publishing it online. No nudity is actually shown.”
  • “Children are watching pornography on a cell phone. Nothing is shown, little girls are huddling around a phone and talking about what is going on. Another scene shows two young girls watching the routine of a rival, older dance team on a cell phone. One of the girls exposes her bare [body]. [Her body] is briefly visible.”
  • “Frequent scenes of eleven-year-old girls dancing lewdly where the camera pans in and zooms in on [their bodies].”
  • “A scene where an eleven-year-old girl dressed in a tank and panties is splashed with water and begins twerking in a frenzied kind of way. On her feet bent over, on her knees, and on her hands and knees. Camera zooms in on her [body] as she positions on all fours and twerks.” [Twerking is a highly sexualized form of dancing.]

What Nancy Pelosi’s daughter thinks of the film 

After Netflix acquired the movie, it produced a promotional poster and trailer that were criticized for sexualizing eleven-year-old girls. Netflix replaced the poster with a new one, claiming, “This was not an accurate representation of the film, so the image and description has been updated.” However, the movie still includes the scene that was the source of the promotional image in which the young girls wear revealing outfits and perform a sexualized dance routine.

A Netflix spokesman told Variety that the movie “is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. It’s an award-winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up—and we’d encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jim Denison