A “story of a girl’s outrage at, and defiance of, a patriarchal order.” Those are words from The New Yorker’s glowing review of “Cuties,” a ghastly French film under fire for scenes depicting the sexualization of 11-year-olds.
The review argued that, as the film was directed by an African-French woman, voicing disgust about it is racist. Sadly, in this criticism-of-the-criticism, The New Yorker isn’t alone. The Washington Post’s Alyssa Rosenberg is livid that “Cuties” faced such a massive pushback from conservatives, tweeting, “Two things are simultaneously true: #Cuties depicts disturbing, age-inappropriate behavior by young girls, AND it unequivocally views that behavior as sad and harmful to the girls involved.”
Taking the cake was Tim Robey, critic for The Telegraph, who argues that “Cuties” was designed to “push buttons.” Robey shares that affliction with several critics, who, out of pure coincidence, have given “Cuties” glowing reviews. The one spot of good news in all of this is that viewers appear to