Thursday, June 20

Cults, Startups and Pornstars: How I (almost) Won My Dad’s Approval – Zoo Playground

This humorous confessional makes light of child abuse in order to win over the audience. The subject matter is made palatable and, therefore, people listen.

In response to a traumatic childhood, Cheyenne claims to have developed an App to protect children online. It was removed from use.

If true, this should concern us all. But I only have one side of the story. Cheyenne’s.

What goes on behind closed doors is rarely revealed easily and then there’s the difficulty of building a case. But, online exploitation, now that’s a public thing and a dirty thing and an underground thing that needs policing. I would have thought any efforts in this field would be welcomed with open arms.

This was the part of the show that hit me. And it was meant to. The other parts, are there to pull you in. Child protection is an adult issue. We all need to be proactive to protect society. Children don’t know how to protect themselves and nor should they. They should be loved and protected by society at large.

And so I laud this hour of strange confessional. It was witty. It was engaging. It never felt embarrassing or squirmy. That’s a skill. Discussing your personal vulnerabilities without causing embarrassment on the part of the listener takes planning and empathy.

Reviewer: Kathleen Mansfield

Reviewed: 13th August 2023

North West End UK Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.