The Cuties Uproar

Unless you have been living under a rock this week, you have probably heard about the big conservative uproar against Netflix over the French film Cuties which sexualizes children.

Variety:

“Cuties,” from French filmmaker Maïmouna Doucouré, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the world cinema dramatic directing award. The film is based on Doucouré’s short film “Maman(s),” about an 8-year-old child furious when her polygamous dad invites his new bride into their Parisian apartment, which won the short film international fiction jury award at Sundance in 2016.

Per the Sundance description of “Cuties,” the film “nimbly depicts the tweens’ youthful energy and vulnerabilities while exploring their fumbling eagerness to be identified as sexualized. Fathia Youssouf captivates as Amy, shifting like a chameleon between the different identities her character is juggling and deftly anchoring the film’s immensely watchable, vivacious young cast.”

Mary Margaret Olohan, a reporter for conservative publication the Daily Caller, early Thursday tweeted a video clip of the girls in the film dancing suggestively and twerking, commenting, “Netflix is comfortable with this. Plenty of people will defend it. This is where our culture is at.” She added, “I understand this video is upsetting and depicts little girls in a gruesome light. I tweeted it for those who will say that ‘Cuties’ is innocent.” …

According to PTC, the young female actors were trained in highly sexualized dance routines; were given lines with “foul, vulgar language” including f—; and were made to wear revealing clothing. In addition, in one scene, Amy is shown pulling down her underwear to photograph her genitals to post online, after she tries to seduce a man (who is a family member) to get out of trouble for stealing his cell phone.”

New Yorker:

“In Wednesday, Netflix releases “Cuties” (“Mignonnes”), the remarkable first feature from the French filmmaker Maïmouna Doucouré. Unfortunately, the platform’s misleading advertising has given rise to a scurrilous campaign against the film itself. The promotional image, showing young girls in bikini-like clothing dancing in provocative ways, matched with an inaccurate description, has been taken to suggest that the film celebrates children’s sexualized behavior. In fact, the subject of the film is exactly the opposite: it dramatizes the difficulties of growing up female in a sexualized and commercialized media culture. I doubt that the scandal-mongers (who include some well-known figures of the far right) have actually seen “Cuties,” but some elements of the film that weren’t presented in the advertising would surely prove irritating to them: it’s the story of a girl’s outrage at, and defiance of, a patriarchal order. …

“Cuties” is a film of the center, and it’s aesthetically of the center—it depicts the unconsidered without advancing to the realm of the subjective, and it doesn’t allow its young protagonists much discourse, outer or inner. It’s not a movie of introspection and self-consideration; it’s more a story of the rule than of the exception, of what’s unduly extraordinary about the effort to live an ordinary life. As such, it’s a story of French society at large—its exclusions and the exertions demanded to overcome them.”

Rod has a good breakdown of it this morning.

Listen to the interview with Maïmouna Doucouré below.

Cuties is the story of an 11-year-old little girl who is trying to find herself. She is navigating between two models of femininity. One represents her mother’s traditional origins and the other one is a group of young girls called cuties.”

Cuties is about growing up as a young African woman and being caught between Senegalese and French models of femininity. It is about the life experience of the artist. It is a “deeply feminist film” which uses art and cinema to “change the world” and “end the oppression of women.”

In short, Cuties represents everything we have been exploring here for the past two weeks. Fittingly, it is set in Paris which was ground zero for the emergence of Modernism. How many time-hallowed Modernist themes can you spot in Cuties? There is the rejection of Senegalese religious tradition. There is the autonomy of aesthetics from morality. There is Amy’s quest to “find herself.” There is, of course, experimenting with hyper sexualization and transgression in the name of freedom as cultural liberation. The film is about the life experience and self expression of the artist.

The New Yorker is correct that Cuties is aesthetically “a film of the center” and that it is “a story of French society at large.” The problematic part about it reflects mainstream French culture. If Cuties is a mainstream film that represents the aesthetic center though, what is that center?

Note: Maybe Adolf Hitler had a point about Modernism being degenerate art?

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38 Comments

  1. Unregulated porn’ is an unbelievable scandal and has led to this.

    Children are no longer entitled to have childhoods anymore.

    That’s such a crime against humanity, and I would say it belongs to The Left, but, as Republican Politicians have done nothing to regulate The Porn Industry, since the proliferation of The Internet in the early years of this century, the crime kind of belongs to us, on the Right, too.

    • Off topic, Ivan, but I left a comment for you at the entry headed “American Racial Decline and Modernism.”

    • You gentlemen mailed it. The level of pornography has so far surpassed the level it was at in the 90s and early 2000s that it is unrecognizable. Everything is five black on one white woman in every available hole or people peeing on each other. This is a way of making young men unable to have a normal relationship without pissing on their girlfriend

      • @Captain Schill…

        I appreciate your affirmation.

        Sorry I hate to ‘nail it’ on such a terrible topic as this.

        When I think of a country that says nothing, and does nothing, about the tidal waves of 15, 14, 13, 12, and, yes, even 11 year old boys who have to have an intervention performed on them because they masturbate 8 times a day, it makes me want to cry.

        But,, then again, when you think that teen and adolescent girls are more and more this way, it makes me want to cry even more, for Ladies suffer far more, both physically and spiritually, under the burden of unbridled sin.

        To tell you the truth, I cannot let myself think about it often, because my blood gets to rising and then I think of ropes, and all the people who so desperately need one given to them.

        I dislike feeling that way, because I generally care for my fellow Mankind, yet, when I think about what is being done to our beloved children, my love is replaced by pure unattenuated hate.

        In any case, be well!

        • Mein Führer would have never allowed this degeneracy to bloom under National Socialism. See what happened to Magnus Hirschfeld. Who’s and what were the subject matter of the books the heroes of the Reich burned?

          I give not fucks if I sound like a scratched record. This all must be laid at the collective feet of the Anglo-Ashkenazi Alliance. The aristocratic anglo to maintain his elite status in the West soul their souls to the rabbis of the synagogue of satan.

          1488

      • Before war is good that the young men abandon irrelevant issues: We do not need normal time teenagers with sex , girlfriends, parties and later family as most important parts of life.

        What we need now is lone warrior minded young men concentrated on politics, socio economical issued and finance. Until money making remains single ethnic group privilege, we are doomed whatever we do.

        Actually, Jews and communists made us a favor by disrupting peacetime men woman relationship. Concentrating to education family job and entertainment and considering politics and culture boring and irrelevant was one of the causes why white societies are in such bad shape.

        War needs young male warriors with nothing to lose. Hard working family man is too busy to spend his precious time for irrelevant things like white nationalism or politics in general or at least check once a week one single pro white website headlines.

        One reason communists are effective because they have a lot of single childless young people thinking and working for leftist issues 24/7. Our side in the Western part has mostly bored retirees. In Eastern Europe, things are better because our nationalism is mostly Daily Stormer style but every time when I check Antifa, I am thinking, where are our side young college fanatics, ready to give hell to communists 24/7.

        My conclusion is that we did it to our self. By promoting conservative values we push our youth do conservative things, work family and away from politics. In peace time it would be normal but we do not have peace.

        Month ago my home country had memorial day for beginning of the fiercest battles on Tannenberg line in 1944. I agitated a lot of young pro whites to attend to see last living Waffes SS volunteers. Typical answer, young father works hard, is tired like hell and weekend he need to care his wife and young child. Sorry, maybe some other year.

        And of course, no mother want young father to participate streets fights with communists. It is dangerous, you may get hurt or go to jail and who then will feed the family ?

        Even reading pro white websites becomes difficult. So much work, so little free time and very little money.

        So step by step young pro white male becomes cuck.

  2. “Republican Politicians have done nothing to regulate The Porn Industry”:

    Yes, both right wings of the U.S.’s one-party system purposely fail to shut down the pornography and human (including children) trafficking industry, and the mostly Israel-based telephone scam industry, payday loan shops, and endless other criminal pursuits including especially the biggest ones of all which are the “FIRE” (Financial, Insurance and Real Estate) “industries.”

    “That’s such a crime against humanity”:

    Since this is “9/11,” it is timely to mention the hundred million or so refugees and tens of millions of corpses that have been created since then by the U.S.-Israeli empire’s so-called “war on terror.” Is that not also crime against humanity? A mainstream (Brown University) study was just released that greatly understates (of course) the number of refugees as “at least” about 37 million: https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/files/cow/imce/papers/2020/Displacement_Vine%20et%20al_Costs%20of%20War%202020%2009%2008.pdf?utm_campaign=wp_todays_worldview&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_todayworld

    • There are some real curiosities about the p-rn industry, especially considering that thousands of hours of it are entirely free, with very little copyright policing, versus Hollywood movies where YouTube etc is quite quick to delete and freeloaders need to go to torrents

      And it gets even more curious when you read about how those sites dwarf even YouTube in terms of bandwidth, and are so expensive the apparent revenues can’t explain it.

      A while back there were business articles in TechCrunch etc talking about the massive costly infrastructure needed to broadcast all the free smut … one funny statistic was that the biggest p-rn site at the time, xvid–, was at times all by itself, spiking to using 1 to 2 % of the entire internet bandwidth volume of the whole world!

      Re 9-11 it is worthwhile to read the story of the ‘Israeli art students’ who worked on a ‘project’ for some time inside the WTC towers a few weeks before the big event, as documented in the New York Times … it is widely thought they planted the explosives
      https://www.winterwatch.net/2018/09/world-trade-centers-infamous-91st-floor-israeli-art-student-project-2/

      In Europe government officials quietly admit they know the official 9-11 story is bogus; Italy’s President Francesco Cossiga said this out loud to Italy’s biggest newspaper, that ‘we all know in Europe it was CIA & Mossad’

      • Very good comment and I mostly fully agree. Besides the curious activities of Israelis, the explanation of the fall of the third building is crucial for both sides, the Zionist establishment claiming that the failure of the steel was caused by burning diesel fuel from the generators in the building.

    • The wings of the uniparty are corporatist. Most of the corporatists, like the financial class working on Wall Street, support the left. Imho, you’re mislabeling the uniparty. When you consider that the Davos crowd (World Economic Forum) and those in major NGOs and foundations are almost exclusively multiculturalists supporting refugee invasion of the West and harsh climate change measures, to label the elites as right-wing is a stretch.

      • @Boomer…

        Yes, My Minnesota friend, there is only one powerhouse in this country, and that is the Globalist Corporate Party.

        All else is window dressing.

      • Re: “the Davos crowd” et al:

        Pepe Escobar has just written on that subject for the Asia Times https://asiatimes.com/2020/09/from-9-11-to-the-great-reset/ – and it can be read for free here: https://thesaker.is/from-9-11-to-the-great-reset/

        “to label the elites as right-wing is a stretch”:

        To the contrary, it is accurate. The wealthiest are the rightest right wing. Super-wealthy elites may pretend to be “left” (pseudo-left) yet they are conservatives in action, always working, fighting,, scheming, to conserve their ill-gotten (through usury and violence, or by birth or marriage but ultimately, originally, through usury and violence) massive wealth, power and privilege. Exceptions to this rule throughout history are extremely few.

        • If you work to conserve your own power and status, you’re a conservative? That’s a convenient and incorrect definition of conservatism, but whatever.

          • Even the most liberal or progressive elites are “right wing” when it comes to conserving their power and status, using even liberal or progressive means to that end.

            I know that conservatism, for the vast majority, means conserving tradition, religion, the old ways, resisting change for change sake and even practical necessary changes. But for the most powerful, the change that they cannot allow is transition to REAL socialism or anything else that would or might cause them to lose their wealth-based supremacy.

            Merriam- Webster definition of “conservatism” (excerpt):
            “2a: disposition in politics TO PRESERVE WHAT IS ESTABLISHED (my capitalisation)
            2b: a political philosophy (…) calling for LOWER TAXES, LIMITED GOVERNMENT REGULATION OF BUSINESS AND INVESTING, a strong national defense, and INDIVIDUAL FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR PERSONAL NEEDS (such as retirement income or health-care coverage)”: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conservatism

      • @Powell…

        I had no idea what a Neo-con was, back in the day.

        What I did know, right off, was that it is oxymoronic as hell to say that you are virtuous because you drop bombs on civilians from the air, as opposed to strapping them on and blowing people up in coffee shoppes, right in front of you.

  3. Actually, this type of news are good news. Those news increase the possibility that cultural marxism collapse will lead not to apocalypse but hopefully to something similar that we had back in the 1001. Regime is so rotten and weak that attempted coup will end up in pathetic collapse, not a massive war.

    Not having new good ideas but turning old propaganda louder and more vulgar is a sign of enemy brain death. Reminds me the end of Soviet Union. Instead of new solution to real problems, we got bigger army parades and a lot of propaganda movies.

    In the army, pointless attacks are always good sign of enemy desperation. For me this movie and riots and lot of other madness is the proof that Donald is winning and winning big.

    • @Juri…

      i do very much agree with you that President Trump is winning, even if it seems like there is so much more that he could do, but, is not doing.

      The desperation of those who consider himself to be his enemy, as you so correctly point out, is every indication of that.

      For 4 years now they have done every despicable thing against him, all except assassinating him in publick.

      Clearly he has upset somebody, and, like you, I think that somebody or somebodies) are no friends of White Gentiles.

      One thing I do know – having Trump as president is very beneficial for countries like Hungary. Slovakia, and Poland, if only because, in some inadvertent way, he provides them with a certain bit of cover they would not normally have.

      Maybe it is just that President Trump brings on himself all that fire that, otherwise, would be put on those leaders and countries by those who hate White Gentiles so.

  4. This is the first major step for the elites to normalize pedophilia. It is sickening to say the least. Only a sick society would allow this and we are a very sick society. Notice the Obamas and Susan Rice, who work with Netflix, have been silent? They continue to work with Netflix and say nothing. It speaks volumes.

    • It is particularly wretched to corrupt children regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity. I guess that is a White, Christian perspective though. BTW Hunter, who is providing the money for this horrible show? That would be an interesting investigation for Tucker to do, who financed this shit? I can guess but I would like to see it documented.

  5. And yet we are somehow more comfortable with jr hi and high school cheerleaders doing exactly the same thing and worse??

    • Part of the subtext of this film is that black girls go into puberty around 11. The film looks obscene.

      • My local idiot conservative talk show host blamed this movie on “the French” and said their new immigrant population “might have to do something about it”. Stupid bastard is too ignorant to know that the director is a black female immigrant from Senegal! Quite fitting that an African female would produce this material. I’ve got a pretty good guess who her funding came from, too.

        • Shades of Calvin Candie. Soft French ie like Alexandre Dumas… Dumas being a half caste black of course. Much like the Nig director of this film about Niglettes hitting puberty as tweens.

  6. I can only imagine that this movie exists to gauge the public’s reaction to normalizing pedophilia. They were careful to emphasize that it’s totally anti-pedophilia and the poster was just Netflix sensationalism. But even then they’re left with a 3% audience rating on RT and 1.7 million downvotes on Youtube. People are not buying what they’re selling, and now they’re stuck arguing that anyone who has a problem with the movie must be a right-winger, which means pedophilia is part of the left’s agenda. Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea.

  7. It’s a pretty disgusting piece of trash, but note how it’s just another attempt to ‘normalize’ deviant behavior. Remember how queers were big some years ago about ‘man-boy’ love, an attempt to legitimize pedophilia.

    In college, we had a Jewish director, and one kid had a musical he wrote about Alice in Wonderland. At the reading, the director said it was okay, but he wanted to see more mention of Lewis Carroll’s pedophilla, ‘which we all know he was’, and how it needed to be ‘honestly’ portrayed. I note how Jews are obsessed with this. He also was big on being Jewish, the terrible struggle finding an orthodox Jewish woman in the Midwest (oy veh!), which he did, but eventually dumped her and married a blonde playwriting student of his. Ah, they always go for the blondes, don’t they?

    But we have to admit perversion has been around for awhile. Remember Vladimir Nabakov’s Lolita?
    It was a well-written book and masterful, but also a bit sick. It’s sad how ‘art’ can be a cover for all this. No wonder Plato wanted art to be abolished in his republic.

    I’m a writer, but I wouldn’t mind seeing half of our ‘artistic’ agencies shut up. Seeing theaters dark during C-19 almost pleased me, especially on Broadway. David Mamet said he can’t see why anyone would major in liberal arts these days.

  8. This speed to normalize adults molesting prepubescents by producing all this media featuring these children as “highly sexual” and very receptive to adult predation hints at more elite class shenanigans to me.

    I was never sure if Q-Anon was not some internet troll pranking conspiracy theorists and alt right posters and Trump fanboys and fangurls. But Q-Anon recently is being taken very seriously by quite a the left who tend to quietly ignore rather than loudly discredit things that don’t fit into their narrative.

    It’s just plain odd that only a few weeks after all these articles trying to discredit Q-Anon, California is pushing through a law, at record speeds, that drastically lowers the legal age of consent. Historically, the country follows California if no-fault divorce and decriminalizing homosexuality is anything to go by.

    Banned Hipster, on his blog, stated that the elite have all kinds of dirt on each other. Some say that Michael Cohen blackmailed Jerry Falwell Jr. into supporting Trump because he had pornographic pictures of his wife.

    The reason that Trump’s enemies can’t seem to do much more than engage in petty harassment of him rather than hitting him with real dirt suggests to me that he has more dirt on them than they do on him.
    Q-Anon’s non-stop hitting on Pizza Gate and the Lolita Express may have been planted at Right Wing Reddit more as a message to THEM than to US.

    If the laws have changed, legalizing what was once outlawed, can a perpetrator be up for charges when the evidence emerges AFTER the laws have changed and the behavior has been legalized? I don’t think so and I think that is what the pedophile elite opponents of Trump are banking on.

      • @Ron

        “Banned Hipster has some good content, I was very surprised to find out he’s a sodomite.”

        Internet handle number two that frequents OccidentalDissent that is apparently so triggered by my fringe blog they have to spend time smearing me on completely unrelated blogs.

        A quick read tells you why my blog would attract such hostility from the usual suspects.

    • That’s fascinating. The furious speed with which the lowering of homosexual consent ages has taken place does indicate the political classes are covering their asses.

  9. I feel there is a alot of moral grandstanding and handwringing from conservatards and quite possibly this is a diversion for them to talk about this rather then antifa and blm burning shit down an looting around the country. Sure this film is child sexual exploitation but its no worse then child beauty pageants which is more deviant and sick I think. This also isn’t softcore child porn alot of people are calling it something it isn’t and looking like damn naive fools

    Don’t get me wrong this movie is still trash and I have no interest in watching it but its not gonna get me to cancel or boycott netflix because there are more pressing issues in the world then this dumb film Saw spencer canceled his lol I thought he was a democrat now?!

      • And thats okay with me some merchants deserve their shekels more then others

        Netflix literally started because of corrupt cable companies for renting films at 5-10 bucks a pop I get alot out of it its a good streaming service and a bargain at the price my whole family gets use out of it. This cuties fiasco is ghey and stupid asf its petty moral posturing my friend nothing more

  10. HW,

    I hope that you don’t mind, but I cut and pasted this essay of yours to a few Telegram channels and chats where this Netflix show was being discuss.

    By the way, it was very well received.

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