The Ignorant Hype Over "Cuties" on Netflix

Kristi Keller

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Social media will babysit for free, but it will cost you your child.

When I caught wind of the controversy surrounding the release of a movie called “Cuties,” I had no trouble cueing it up on Netflix. Even after I’d heard from several people that they didn’t think they could stomach it.

I’d first heard about Cuties from a coworker who made it sound nothing short of a child porn flick. My mouth gaped as she told me what she’d heard (not seen) about the content in the movie.

I couldn’t believe for a second that Netflix would take on such a lewd movie so I marched straight over to Google to read a synopsis. Something seemed off about what my coworker had said.

Once I learned the film has earned several awards I had trouble understanding how a “child porn” flick could earn awards so I chose to watch it for myself and make my own judgments, which is what everyone should do.

Now, after watching Cuties I can safely say that people seriously need to do their homework before joining the witch hunt against Netflix.

Cuties was NOT about what everyone is raging over and I’m actually shocked that thousands of sheeple would cancel their subscriptions based on flimsy, second-hand information.

This is how propaganda starts. Anyone with a political bone in their body should know that.

Ironically, I watched Cuties right after watching The Social Dilemma, which is a whole other story in itself. But it does raise some jaw-dropping points about truths, false truths, and fake news people are willing to ingest without looking for the actual truth.

Now that I’ve watched the movie I do understand how it may be difficult for many parents to watch, but no more difficult than say, “13 Reasons Why.” My heart was ripped out and dropped onto the floor throughout that series.

Shows like Cuties and 13 Reasons Why make us uncomfortable because as parents, we’re totally clueless about what our children are actually going through unless we’re fully engaged.

It makes us wonder how we could miss such obvious signals that our children are experiencing massive identity crises, difficulty navigating sexuality, friends, school, and the dreaded onslaught of hyper-sexualized social media messaging.

I’ve seen way worse images on Youtube than in Cuties, but your kids are all watching Youtube. Hell, your kids probably have their own channels.

Ignorance is a warm, fluffy blanket and these types of movies bring the truth spewing to the surface and force us to look in the mirror at our parenting, our teaching, and our straight up ignorance.

Am I the only one who thinks this way? Just me and the esteemed critics who gave the awards I guess.

I realized exactly what message the movie was trying to convey and wonder how so many others are oblivious to it. Oh right, the oblivious are the ones who canceled Netflix rather than watch the movie and get informed.

Sadly, there are children all over the world whose mothers post ‘thong up the ass crack’ photos on social media without a second thought that the internet is forever. The same internet that will affect these children deeply when their friends gain access to pictures of their mothers.

I’d say Cuties speaks more to these types of parents than the children looking for a place to fit in and stand out because their parents are disengaged. It's time to wake up and take a long, hard look in the mirror.

Make no mistake, if we’re not fully present in a positive, nurturing way in the daily lives of our children, someone else will be. They can access whatever they want without proper monitoring.

Are you willing to blame Netflix for that, or will you be held accountable? Because social media will babysit your kids for free — but the cost can be immeasurable.

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I'm an old school travel writer who's been flung into another writing world through life experience. I have a compassionate eye, a different opinion, and strong words for this world we live in. I also know a thing or two.


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