Up & Coming Weekly

September 15, 2020

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4 UCW SEPTEMBER 16-22, 2020 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM STAFF PUBLISHER Bill Bowman Bill@upandcomingweekly.com ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Stephanie Crider editor@upandcomingweekly.com OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Paulette Naylor accounting@upandcomingweekly.com EDITOR April Olsen april@upandcomingweekly.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER Dylan Hooker art@upandcomingweekly.com REPORTER Jeff Thompson news@upandcomingweekly.com MARKETING ASSOCIATES Linda McAlister Brown linda@upandcomingweekly.com DISTRIBUTION MANAGER/SALES ADMINISTRATOR Laurel Handforth laurel@upandcomingweekly.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS D.G. Martin, Pitt Dickey, Margaret Dickson, Karl Merritt, John Hood, Jim Jones, Shanessa Fenner, Prudence Mainor, Avery Powers, Crissy Neville ––––––––––– Up & Coming Weekly www.upandcomingweekly.com 208 Rowan St. P.O. Box 53461 Fayetteville, NC 28305 PHONE: 910-484-6200 FAX: 910-484-9218 Up & Coming Weekly is a "Quality of Life" publication with local features, news and information on what's happening in and around the Fayetteville/Cumberland County community. Up & Coming Weekly is published weekly on Wednesdays. Up & Coming Weekly welcomes manuscripts, photographs and artwork for publication consideration, but assumes no responsibility for them. We cannot accept responsibility for the return of unsolicited manuscripts or material. Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to edit or reject copy submitted for publication. Up & Coming Weekly is free of charge and distributed at indoor and outdoor locations throughout Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, Hope Mills and Spring Lake. Readers are limited to one copy per person. © 2020 by F&B Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or advertisements without permission is strictly prohibited. Various ads with art graphics designed with elements from: vecteezy.com and freepik.com. PUBLISHER'S PEN It is sad and somewhat ironic that at a time when here in Fayetteville we are celebrating Marquis de LaFayette, the French aristocrat and American Revolutionary War hero who lead American troops into battle and success- fully assisted our young nation in winning its independence, the French, with their American accomplice Netflix, would introduce us to the motion picture "Cuties." It is a pathetic movie exploiting and sexualizing very young girls that has Netflix scrambling to conjure up a socially acceptable defense justify- ing what many parents, grandparents and concerned American citizens are categorizing as disturbing child porn and blatant adolescent exploitation. On the surface this film is without any redeemable social value. And, even if the French movie maker, Ms. Maïmouna Doucouré, intentions were to make a pertinent social state- ment about the social pressures and challenges facing young girls today she missed the mark disgustingly on many fronts. Actually, she would have been better off hiring liberal activist Michael Moore to do a legitimate documentary on the subject matter. Regardless of Doucouré's intentions, there was no mistaking the intentions of the California based Netflix Corporation after they released a sexually explicit poster sensationalizing and exploiting the innocence and sexuality of these very young girls. is movie was released on Sept. 9 and the storyline follows an 11-year- old girl named Amy who with her newly found 11-year-old friends form a dance group. ey refine their moves by dancing and mimicking the adult sexually provocative and suggestive chorography they see on social media. ey dance to sexually suggestive music with pelvic thrusts, twerking, touching themselves and gyrating around in skimpy outfits while broad- casting their own sexual immaturity and attracting enablers who lure and direct such innocents into a world of human slavery and bondage. Yes, it's a pedophiles dream come true! Well, now people are outraged and rightfully so. Netflix is experienc- ing tens of thousands of cancelations that are costing them hundreds of millions of dollars. is is bipartisan outrage and disgust as it should be. Sexual exploitation of young children has no bias. It has no advocates. What concerns me and should concern all God-fearing Americans is the gross hypocrisy that accompanies these outrageous assaults on children and how these deplorable acts coalesce into our culture negatively trans- forming our communities and corrupting our way of life. Only we the people can stop this transformation of our country and de- plorable acts such as the suggestive, overly sexual depiction of young girls. I said people … not Sheeple! (Sheeple defined: those who are uninvolved and apathetic to the world around them. ey keep their heads down and prefer not to voice their opinions regardless of their convictions. Sheeples have no resolve or intestinal fortitude and are apt to be mindless followers without question or resolve.) I could opine for days on this subject, however, I will conclude with these thoughts. It was only a few weeks ago when the Fayetteville community gath- ered at a successful and heartfelt aware- ness rally about human trafficking and missing children. I heard several speakers call out appeals for assistance in searching out and finding these victims. I heard one person yell out "…children, we're coming for you! We'll find you. We will bring you home!" is was just days after celebrating the rescue of 39 young children from devi- ate criminals in Georgia and surrounding states. Yet, it will be the Sheeple who will allow movies as corrupt, disgusting and influential like "Cuties" to exist only to empower criminals and deviates. Worst of all, while the Sheeple are voicing their sentiments and lame bravado behind the anonymous screens of social media their young and vulnerable children and grandchildren are in the next room being victim- ized utilizing the same unsupervised social media conduits. Social media becomes their teacher, their parents and, their role model. A young girl's life is now judged by anonymous critiques and her worth as a human being is measured by how many "Likes" she can accumulate. No wonder suicide rates among teenage girls age 10-14 are rising at a rate of 12.7% per year. is is 5.5% higher than boys. Google it! Netflix is making big, big money. Many prominent Americans are as- sociated with Netflix and they too are making big, big money. So, don't ex- pect things to change anytime soon. However, what you can do is encour- age people to stand up and speak up for American and Christian values. Secure and defend what they believe in. Don't become a Sheeple. America and our freedom will depend on this. We need more loyal patriotic Ameri- cans standing up for what is decent and right. "Cuties" is not decent or right, yet it is the near perfect example of what we are up against in the 21st century. Sheeple cannot and will not protect or children, our freedom or our country. ank you for reading Up & Coming Weekly. 'Mignonnes' is French for Crap! There's nothing cute about 'Cuties' by BILL BOWMAN BILL BOWMAN, Publisher, UP & COMING WEEKLY. COM- MENTS? BILL@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200. HIGH 82 LOW 64 HIGH 82 HIGH 83 HIGH 79 HIGH 82 LOW 63 LOW 64 SEP 21 SEP 20 SEP 18 SEP 22 SEP 17 THURSDAY FRIDAY SUNDAY MONDAY HIGH 83 LOW 66 LOW 64 TUESDAY LOW 65 SEP 19 SATURDAY Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny "Cuties" was released on Netflix Sept. 9.

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