I Watched Cuties On Netflix And Here Is Everything Wrong
Sorry but who had the idea of making us watch an 11 year old twerk?
Cuties stumbled across Netflix this week in the middle of a parcel controversy. Even before its release on Netflix, there was a petition for the film’s removal, saying it was “for the fun of pedophiles” and people saying Cuties is bogus because it “sexualizes children”. The petition currently has over 378,000 signatures. Netflix has noted it’s a “social comment against the sexualization of young children”, but yesterday #CancelNetflix started trending on Twitter and users are cancel their subscriptions.
I watched Cuties to see how serious it is, and let me tell you, it’s absolutely disgusting and makes viewing very uncomfortable – some that I literally couldn’t watch. The film follows 11-year-old Amy (I can’t stress this enough: she’s eleven), who becomes obsessed with a dance group from other 11 years old girls and eventually join them. It won an award at the Sundance Film Festival, but people have called the film “disgusting” and “absolutely shameful,” and I agree with them.
– Aina Zamira Adnan (@AinaZamira) September 11, 2020
Here’s everything wrong with Cuties, so you don’t have to watch it on Netflix (please don’t watch it):
Before even starting, his synopsis is suss
Back when the movie was first announced, people were saying that Netflix synopsis for Cuties was wrong and inappropriate. It read: “Amy, 11, becomes fascinated by a twerk dance team. Hoping to join them, she begins to explore her femininity, defying the traditions of her family.
After a major backlash online about it and the petition for his removal from Netflix was created, the synopsis for Cuties has been edited. It now reads: “Amy, 11, begins to rebel against the traditions of her conservative family when she becomes fascinated by a free-spirited dance team.”
The dance is so inappropriate
When you first see one of the dancers, the camera is looking at her from the back as she dances in leather leggings, like in a clip by Ariana Grande. Then she turns around and you see that she is a CHILD.
Everything else of the dance throughout the movie is similar – biting their lips, twerking, crouching, and bouncing on their knees. Good for, you know, a real adult, but not an 11 year old. Some of the dances were so graphic that I really couldn’t watch them.
The camera flies over the girls’ bodies several times
The camera scanned the girls’ bodies several times in the film, at points literally zooming in on their buttocks. A girl slaps Amy’s butt and says “Oh my god, look at her booty!” Look how flat it is! Which is pretty rude on its own, let alone when you then realize that this line was written by an adult, for one 11 year old to talk about about another 11 year old.
It does that to some of the adult women in the movie as well, which isn’t good either but certainly nowhere near the same because, and I repeat, these girls are CHILDREN.
It shows them getting dressed, which is just not necessary
It’s literally a two-second clip, and just isn’t necessary at all – why is it even in there? I see absolutely no reason why this might be necessary.
On the subject of clothing – most of them are non-existent. Think crop tops, bodycon skirts and short shorts – on real children. One scene involves Amy dancing in just her jacket and her underwear, and is downright horrible to watch. Another shows two girls fighting and pulling Amy’s pants down, the camera zooming in on her underwear.
This puts them in really uncomfortable and adult situations.
At one point, the girls are watching something on a phone, and from what they’re saying, it suggests they’re watching porn. Another time, they’re on some sort of chat room website, texting a boy (who has his webcam on) about “boobs”. Amy posts a nude on social media. The girls are all repeatedly called “sluts”, by other characters and among themselves.
As I said, they are 11. E leve n. None of these situations are age-appropriate for the characters or actors, and they’re all so uncomfortable to watch.
The girls run into some sort of bar and get into trouble with the security guards, who threaten to call their parents. The girls say they are dancers, and to “prove” it, Amy dances – including the twerk. The security guard watches her very intensely, and after her dance, they let the girls go. This. East. Fucking. Dark.
I can’t stress this enough – girls are 11
Look at them! They just want to have fun and play on their Tamagotchis. Maybe listen to One Direction and watch High School Musical. i can tell you what they are doing not want to do, however, is literally one of the things featured in the movie.
– A7mad Al_khateeb (@ AhmadK_93) September 11, 2020