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Upset About ‘Cuties’? Let’s Re-examine ‘Frozen’ First.

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I had seen complaints about the Netflix film Cuties floating around the internet for a while, but it wasn’t until yesterday that I got a glimpse of what they were talking about. Clips of the movie accompanied the Twitter trend #CancelNetflix. The film moments I saw before I hit the stop button are shocking, to say the least.

Judging from comments, others were shocked as well. The New York Post reports that many social media users were aghast that Netflix would release a film showing such blatant sexualization of young children.

Others, however, were not so scandalized. Washington Post columnist Alyssa Rosenberg scolded those condemning the movie without seeing the whole thing, claiming that the movie is not so much about the sexualized dances and poses flying around the internet, but is instead “a film about how difficult it is to become a girl when your role models take you from one extreme to another.”

I’ll leave you to be the judge of whether Rosenberg is right in this. What I’d like to focus on instead is the shocked nature and public outcry against the film.

Personally, I believe this outcry is quite right. The few scenes I saw seem unfit for any child to see, and frankly, should not pass in front of an adult’s eyes either. They’re sensual and suggestive, providing children with terrible role models to emulate.

Unfortunately, many who join the outcry against Cuties seem to turn a blind eye to other films which offer the same sensual role models to children. One example which comes to mind is Elsa in the wildly popular movie Frozen.

When I first saw a clip of Elsa’s famous “Let It Go” song and dance several years ago, my eyes widened in surprise. While Elsa starts out mildly walking through the snow, she soon turns into a hip-swaying female in a skin-tight, suggestive gown. I suddenly realized why so many of the little preschoolers and grade-school girls I’ve worked with through the years sometimes walk like little prostitutes. They don’t necessarily know what they’re doing, they’re just emulating their favorite princesses in their “girl power” moods.

Sadly, such examples are not only seen in princess movies, but on billboards, on clothing models, and in the actions of adults who fail to realize that little eyes are watching their every move – sensual or not.

We are scandalized – as we rightly should be! – by movies such as Cuties which turn little girls into dance club prostitutes. But when we rightly call out indecent films such as these, are we prepared to look closer at those we have accepted over the years? By turning a blind eye to the subtle sensualities built into little girls’ films, clothes, and other venues, have we built stepping-stones to movies such as Cuties? Is it possible that Cuties just took a few steps all at once, leaving us standing in a not-quite-desensitized state of shock?

Simply raising these questions against well-loved childhood movies normally gets one labeled as a prude. But before you angrily spout the p-label, I’d ask you to take a look at several communist goals from a list included in the 1958 version of The Naked Communist. Part of a plan of psychological warfare against the United States, numbers 24 through 26 ring a familiar bell:

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them ‘censorship’ and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as ‘normal, natural, healthy.’

We should question Cuties and continue to demand Netflix removes the film. Even if it intends to show that girls need their parents to help them navigate the pitfalls of social media and our sexualized culture, as Alyssa Rosenberg implies, the way in which it is done is inappropriate for anyone to see.

But we need to go beyond Cuties and challenge our own cherished movies and heroines. Are we unintentionally allowing them to break down the standards of morality we want for ourselves and for our children?

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Image Credit: 
YouTube – Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Disney’s Frozen ‘Let it Go’ Sequence Performed by Idina Menzel
Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist is the editor of Intellectual Takeout.

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Cheryon
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Having raised children ages 22-45 and now watching our 10 grandchildren being raised, ages 4-18, I beg to differ with Mr. Shefleifer. The messages in movies are blatant anti-Judeo Christian, and our children were not raised on them. When children’s minds & character are being formed in their youth, parents better carefully and prayerfully watch and listen closely to the messages being put forth, and the attitudes that develop from what you’ve allowed. The edgy behavior that they pick up, and people laugh at the sass, is behavior that you will hate when it is multiplied over the years, and comes to full fruition as a young adult. Movies also take control of a child’s imagination. The expensive visual medium that is enhanced with perfectly choreographed music and songs, leaves a child only repeating in play what they’ve seen and heard. These children rarely if ever play very far outside of the box of what they have seen. Having worked with a plethora of children over the years and taken in multitudes of foster children, we’ve noticed that almost all children get upset when you try to offer suggestions for them to play in a different manner from what they have seen. This leaves them just playing on repeat, and not expanding their minds or exploring the multi facets of creative play. As to the author of this article, kudos for calling people to the task of paying attention to the content of everything that your children or yourselves watch.
 
 

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PaulSchleifer
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My granddaughters love Frozen (and Tangled and Moana, et al.), and I have watched them multiple times with my little girls. I think you have to be looking for the sexuality in such movies before you can see it, and none of us look for it. I am actually much more concerned that being a "Disney princess" is a popular thing. I do not want my granddaughters to want to be princesses; I want them to be strong and smart and courageous, but not princesses. Princesses are the daughters of kings and queens, hereditary dictators and anti-republican parasites. I want them to believe in personal responsibility, not ruling over others. But I'm not worried about their still wanting to be princesses when they are young women. Likewise, I am not worried about their being sexualized by Disney princesses. Of course, they will not watch pedoporn, and from what I've read, that is just what Cuties is.
 
 

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douglaskelly
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"Washington Post columnist Alyssa Rosenberg scolded those condemning the movie without seeing the whole thing, claiming that the movie is not so much about the sexualized dances and poses flying around the internet, but is instead “a film about how difficult it is to become a girl when your role models take you from one extreme to another.” Balderdash. It's wrong. One has to be amoral to not see this for what it is.
 
 

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Me262
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Good article! Many Disney films in the past had suggestive moments skillfully hidden inside, so why should Frozen be different? I watched the performance in question on YouTube and indeed, during the last part, the empowered princess sheds her good girl clothes and dawns a gown that is needlessly sexual. Oh well, I don't like Disney anyways. As for our larger society, it looks like when it comes to sexual norms the Marxists have one. They were aided, in no small part, by libertarians and liberals who adopted the "well, they ain't hurting nobody" attitude. But as it turns out there are prices to be paid when deviant behavior makes its way into the mainstream of society. Unfortunately I do not see any way for our society to get out of this other some kind of catastrophic event or events.
 
 

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dragonfly2wing
Unfortunately when Walt Disney died, so did the moral concepts of his movies/animations. That man who took over Disney is nothing but an immoral opportunist with "evil" intentions. He should be removed from that position immediately before he totally destroys Disney...and our young impressionable children! Stop letting your children watch any new Disney movie now. It will be everything that you don't want your children exposed to at young ages. Protect your kids from exploitation!
Gruvjet
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You can add Halloween costumes to the over- sexualized things kids are exposed to....🤷🏼‍♀️
 
 

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