Pop Style Opinionfest: The “Cuties” Controversy and Our Big Gay Problem with Ryan Murphy

Posted on September 18, 2020


Kittens, for this week’s podcast we said “To hell with it,” and jumped into controversy feet first. First, we ease you into things by explaining just why Ryan Murphy’s been getting on our last gay nerve lately. From Feud: Bette and Joan to Scream Queens to The Politician to Hollywood and now with the execrable Ratched dropping (our overtly bitchy review is here), we just can’t keep our gay mouths shut on the matter- said matter being his Gen-X gay obsessions and how badly he tends to explore them. What can we say? We appreciate the guy but he bugs.






Then it’s off to the controversy races as we review the much-discussed French film Mignonnes, which dropped on Netflix with the English title Cuties. The controversy surrounding this film exploded in the past few weeks, fueled in part by Netflix’s poor decision to market the film with a shot of its young actors in skimpy dance costumes. We review the film, discuss its controversial aspects from a social, political, and artistic perspective, outline some of the things said about it by its detractors and some of the things said in its defense by its director Maïmouna Doucouré before coming to a conclusion about its worth and its methods. Believe it or not, we have things to say in agreement with both sides of the controversy and come to some conclusions about the film and where it wound up that might surprise you.


That’s little old us, never shying away from sticking our feet into the hottest topics. As always, thank you for listening, dolls!




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