The child-sexualizing “Cuties” on Netflix has prompted enormous backlash from the public, but the media and mainstream critics have circled their wagons around the film. The enormous chasm between the audience and critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes — 3% vs. 88% fresh, respectively — highlights this severe clash of perspectives.
I already covered some of the rather desperate excuses and rationalizations being offered for the film’s sake. But the most common pro-“Cuties” talking point, put forward most stridently by Washington Post critic Alyssa Rosenburg, warrants a more thorough response. Saying that the “freak out” over the movie “bothers” and “deeply disturbs” her, Rosenburg chided the film’s detractors for not having taken the time to actually watch it. According to Rosenburg and many other mainstream media defenders of the film, the hypersexualized content involving pubescent children is appropriate and morally sound because it all leads to a positive message. In her piece titled “The people freaking out about ‘Cuties’ should try it.