Childsplaining? Film Critic Responds To The Six-Year-Olds Who Wrote Him About Ruining ‘Zootopia’s RottenTomatoes Score

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04.06.16 25 Comments
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Scott Renshaw of Salt Lake City Weekly recently wrote one of the three Zootopia reviews counted as negative in Zootopia‘s 99 percent RottenTomatoes-recommended rating. Every critic who’s ever written a negative review of a previously-100 percent recommended film (like, say, I did with Inside Out, which I still think is nowhere near as good as Zootopia) knows how many angry comments, emails, and tweets this can elicit, from people who I guess are just really concerned with arbitrary math. In Renshaw’s case, one of those responses came, according to Renshaw, from a pair of 6-year-old twins. It’s a story that exists at the nexus of multiple awful internet trends – people “defending” a film’s RottenTomatoes score, and people hiding opinions behind their children.

First, the story, according to Renshaw, who wrote about it on City Weekly:

…over the weekend, I received an email from a pair of 6-year-old twins, as dictated to their mother. Because they’re minors, and because the mother has not as yet granted permission, I’m choosing not to identify the writers, but they said they “super-duper love the movie Zootopia,” and “want Zootopia to have 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.” And they asked that I “change the tomato to Fresh.”

Depending how deep you’ve traveled into the bowels of the internet, you may have already noted that this is a fine example of the “out of the mouths of babes” phenomenon. That’s when a person ascribes their own hot take to their children, either to avoid having to shape their own initial reaction into something resembling adult nuance, or to deflect criticism of it. “Hey, don’t blame me, I’m just telling you what Jaedynn said when he read Ted Cruz’s tax plan. It was the darndest thing, I swear.”

Here’s a mildly famous example of said trend from a few weeks ago (the responses, in particular, are gold):

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