New York Times Review Of ‘The Little Mermaid’ Laments Lack Of ‘Kink’ In Kids Movie

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Reviews of Disney’s remake of “The Little Mermaid” were mixed, with even the most generous viewers wondering if the film was necessary. But the review from movie critic Wesley Morris for The New York Times is getting attention for wondering about the lack of “kink” in the children’s movie.

“The new, live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’ is everything nobody should want in a movie: dutiful and defensive, yet desperate for approval,” Morris wrote in his review. 

“It reeks of obligation and noble intentions. Joy, fun, mystery, risk, flavor, kink — they’re missing,” he continued.

People immediately noticed that Morris chose to use the word “kink” for a PG-rated movie that was advertised for children and families. While the word has multiple meanings, it’s frequently used in pop culture to refer to offbeat sexual preferences.

“The New York Times just put up a review of the Little Mermaid where the reviewer complains that KINK was missing from the film. The definition of kink: a person’s unusual sexual preferences. Same media denies the left sexualizes kids. The reviewer needs his hard drives reviewed,” conservative social media influencer Robby Starbuck wrote on Twitter.

“The New York Times complaining about the lack of “kink” in The Little Mermaid pretty much sums up where we’re at.  Corrupt perverts in charge, abject degeneracy proud on full display, their contempt for traditional values transformed into a seething hatred for ordinary people,” the host of The Martyr Made Podcast shared

While many critics praised the film’s lead, Halle Bailey, the rest of the movie left a lot of viewers disappointed. 

The NPR reviewer called the live-action remake “an artistic dead end” that “may make commercial sense” but is ultimately “unnecessary.”  

“Like a lot of its fellow Disney remakes, this Little Mermaid too often feels like a dutiful cover version rather than an inspired reimagining,” the review says. 

“There is nothing innovative or reformist about what happens in this movie,” the Huffington Post reviewer wrote.


“While the original ‘The Little Mermaid’ dazzled with its beautifully imaginative underwater kingdom and talking sea creatures, Rob Marshall’s remake is a soulless cash grab utterly devoid of any hint of charm of visual whimsy,” another review said.

(Disclosure: The Daily Wire has announced plans for kids entertainment content.)

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