Wow! Where to begin? For weeks, before the feature film “Cuties” had been released, I was seeing lots of triggered “Karens & Kens” freaking out over the description of the movie and its trailer; a movie they haven’t even seen yet; a movie they probably will not see for themselves; a movie where they base their rants solely on the rambling opinions of others; a movie that they have already made up their minds is the worst thing on God’s green earth; a movie that… Well, you get the idea.
I’m not a sheep, nor a lemming, and I’m not one to get my shorts all in a bunch based on hearsay, the media, and/or the biased musings of internet trolls with an agenda — whether they be the radical left or the righteous right. I do like to make up my own mind and form my own opinions using my eyes, my ears, and my fingers to do my own internet research.
A coming-of-age movie about preteen girls is definitely not the type of film that interests me. Not in the least. But with all the hubbub of Cuties plastered all over every social-media platform that I frequent, my interest was piqued. Begrudgingly so.
I watched the trailer.
I was shocked! I was appalled! Oh, my God! How could… No, seriously. It’s a trailer. The movie looked boring, and I didn’t see what all the commotion was about. The trailer looked no worse, and no better than any other trailer involving preteens that I’ve seen. Maybe I’m not seeing what everybody else is seeing. Or, maybe there’s really nothing to see. Regardless, I lost all interest.
“Cuties is pure child porn.” “It’s promoting pedophilia.” “It sexually exploits children.” The public’s outrage and fury grew as the onslaught of attention grabbing cut & paste rhetoric and soundbites continued to invade Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and even Instagram. I couldn’t avoid it.
Fine! Now, because of the extensive public outcry, I have to see the movie. I really don’t want to, but I decided to watch Cuties just so I can make up my own mind and see if there’s any merit to the movie, the claims against it, and the supposed forthcoming criminal investigations and complaints into…