‘Cuties’: Exploitation or critique?

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Scottie Nell Highes and her expert guests unpack the firestorm of controversy surrounding “Cuties,” a critically acclaimed foreign film now streaming on Netflix.

The movie focuses on the precocious coming of age of an 11-year old girl and her friends who rebel against their conservative surroundings by joining a dance troupe. It seeks to portray the sexualization of children at the hands of pop culture and media to the chagrin of families and communities. Detractors argue that the film actually wallows in the toxic hypersexualization and exploitation it pretends to critique.

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