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Sunday, October 15, 2017

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It's taken me 3 sittings to get through most of this film. Profoundly upsettling? Yes...
Anyway, I'm no longer active on social media, but I've for forwarded to some of my friends and relatives who are. Some of them, self-protectively, are going to immediately shy away from it, I'm sure. Others... we'll see.

"Upsettling" Yes. Unsettling and upsetting both. I may reuse that freudian typo.

Only tangential to what you're talking about, I sometimes wonder about shows or movies I watch that have child actors in them. There's a lot about film and tv shows I don't know, but I imagine it's a potentially exploitative industry, even if there's not actual abuse along the lines of what that documentary discusses. (I watched the specific scene you linked to, but not the whole thing.)

Therefore, if I watch movies or shows with child actors, am I in some way tacitly approving the exploitation? I don't watch such things *for* the child actors. And truth be told, I'm hard pressed to think of many shows I watch that features child actors, although I did (and do) like the tv series Parenthood, which had a couple of child actors.

While I wonder about this in my idle moments, it's not something that bothers me on a day-to-day basis.

It used to be the "stage mothers" that got blamed for pushing their kids into performing without considering the child's well-being. One thought I've had since Dr X posted this is whether that was a sort of cover-up story. Could these "stage mothers" have been protecting their kids instead of exploiting them? I suppose the two are not mutually exclusive...

I suspect that many parents branded stage mothers were protecting their children appropriately.

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