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Who are the worst child performances in film and television?

There is a thread for the best so I thought there should be a thread for the worst as well. Who are the worst simply because they're annoying or because they cannot act? For me it has to be Donnie Dunagan in Son of Frankenstein and Keith Almoney in The Blob.

by Anonymousreply 28805/03/2021

Margaret O'Brian in Meet Me in St. Louis.

by Anonymousreply 107/14/2020

Eric Shea in The Poseidon Adventure.

by Anonymousreply 207/14/2020

The twins who played Carrie Ingalls on Little House!

by Anonymousreply 307/14/2020

Kim & Kyle Richards

by Anonymousreply 407/14/2020

Brooke Shields in Pretty Baby and Blue Lagoon.

by Anonymousreply 507/14/2020

the kid in Burnt Offerings - Lee Montgomery I think his name was

even more so: Pamelyn Ferdin in literally everything she did

by Anonymousreply 607/14/2020

Brooke Shields was in Blue Lagoon? All I saw was Christopher Atkins.

by Anonymousreply 707/14/2020

On Modern Family, the two older girls could act, but the boys really could not. Forgivable when young and cute, but awful when they got into their gawky teen years.

by Anonymousreply 807/14/2020

the kid who played Young Patrick in Lucy's Mame.

by Anonymousreply 907/14/2020

The kid who played Ann Newton in Shadow of a Doubt.

by Anonymousreply 1007/14/2020

The little boy in Fatal Attraction.

by Anonymousreply 1107/14/2020

Not films but Little Ricky and especially little Stevie Appleby in I love Lucy “ I wanna see superman, I wanna see superman”

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by Anonymousreply 1307/14/2020

That fug who played Manny.

by Anonymousreply 1407/14/2020

Tammi Marihugh, THE LAST VOYAGE. I mentioned her in the best performances by a child actor thread, but I was being sarcastic. She really stunk up the screen.

by Anonymousreply 1507/14/2020

The girl who played AJ in, "AJ and the Queen".

by Anonymousreply 1607/14/2020

Bonnie Blue Butler.

by Anonymousreply 1707/14/2020

The little brother in a christmas story, he was awful.

by Anonymousreply 1807/14/2020

Donald Trump on The Aprentice

by Anonymousreply 1907/14/2020

Could not play straight if his life by a crazy murderous dog depended on it.

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by Anonymousreply 2007/14/2020

Matthew Weiner’s son on “Mad Men”...

by Anonymousreply 2107/14/2020

That Blossom monstrosity.

by Anonymousreply 2207/14/2020

R20 also equally abhorrent at playing straight as Jonathan Bower.

by Anonymousreply 2307/14/2020

Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine and everything else I've seen her in. Also her brother is terrible too.

by Anonymousreply 2407/14/2020

The Olsen twins.

by Anonymousreply 2507/14/2020

BD Hyman, hands down. Her acting was so bad it is hard to believe who she came out of. Her mother must have really loved her to pull those strings to get her in that movie.

by Anonymousreply 2607/14/2020

R15 - OMG I forgot about her.

While I like the movie a lot more than I should, I kept wishing something (like that piano) would crash down & land on her head, or she'd fall down that hole in the ship.

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by Anonymousreply 2707/14/2020

Lil Magic, hands down!

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by Anonymousreply 2807/14/2020

That kid from John Cassavetes’ “Gloria”.

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by Anonymousreply 2907/14/2020

What about that annoying bitch named Christina in Now Voyager? She was an attention starved twat waffle.

by Anonymousreply 3007/14/2020

Quinn Cummings

by Anonymousreply 3107/14/2020

Thomas Sangster in Love Actually. God, I loathed him in that. Creepy as hell. I did like him as a teenager in that film about the Beatles, though.

by Anonymousreply 3207/14/2020

The kid who played Beau Wilkes, Melanie's son, at the end of "Gone with the Wind."

by Anonymousreply 3307/14/2020

Harriet from Small Wonder! Did she really need to ham it up so much?

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by Anonymousreply 3507/14/2020

Jake Lloyd in The Phantom Menace

by Anonymousreply 3607/14/2020

The annoying little boy from Fuller House who is always yelling.

by Anonymousreply 3707/14/2020

Larry Mathews as Ritchie Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show." How that kid got a job I'll never know.

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I’m sorry. We wouldn’t know.

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by Anonymousreply 3907/14/2020

Mara Hobel in Mommie Dearest.

by Anonymousreply 4007/14/2020

Dakota fanning in war of the worlds. Emma Watson in Harry Potter.

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by Anonymousreply 4207/14/2020

I have to disagree with the post mentioning Mara Hobel. I liked her performance.

by Anonymousreply 4307/14/2020

I LOVED the Witch Mountain movies, but even as a child it was very apparent that Kim Richards had very little talent. Worst of all we’re her constipation faces she would make during her telepathic communications with her brother, which had the flattest voice over readings ever.

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Future Oscar winner Helen Hunt was far from her A game portraying Princess Ora who fell out of the sky on The Bionic Woman. Even worse a few years later playing a high schooler she would sniff drugs and immediately fly out the window and try slicing her wrists with shards of glass in one of the most unbelievable drug freak outs ever.

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by Anonymousreply 4507/14/2020

R44 Kim was just drunk and high. Some things never change, that’s sweet.

by Anonymousreply 4607/14/2020

Lily on Modern Family, hands down.

by Anonymousreply 4707/14/2020

I'm with R33. The child actor who played Beau Wilkes is Mickey Kuhn, who, along with his screen mother Olivia de Havilland, are the only surviving GWTW cast members (with the possible exception of the infants who played baby Bonnie Blue and baby Beau).

by Anonymousreply 4807/15/2020

Johnathan Scott Taylor, aka Damien Thorn in the second Omen movie.

by Anonymousreply 4907/15/2020

Sandra Dee--she needed a tranquilizer or 12.

by Anonymousreply 5007/15/2020

The two kids from the first Benji movie way back in 1974

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by Anonymousreply 5107/15/2020

Louanne in "Oh, God! Book II" (1980)

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by Anonymousreply 5207/15/2020

I never bought the kid who played Aaron in the Little Drummer Boy for one moment. His “fake” drumming was atrocious and when the lamb came back to life his reaction was way to over the top, where a more naturalistic performance would have been much stronger.

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by Anonymousreply 5307/15/2020

you kid, r28, but Kim Wayans is TRULY terrible in everything she does

by Anonymousreply 5407/15/2020

^ and that's what makes her so good!

by Anonymousreply 5507/15/2020

R54 Kim was great in “Pariah”

by Anonymousreply 5607/15/2020

Cora Sue Collins and Sybil Jason stank up a large number of classic 30s flicks.

They were "cute" to the point of being nauseating.

by Anonymousreply 5707/15/2020

Cora Sue Collins was a vile little bitch who had it in for me because I was queen of the lot.

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by Anonymousreply 5807/15/2020

Courtland Mead in The Shining miniseries

by Anonymousreply 5907/15/2020

I HATE the precocious little gayling from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, but worst of all time has to be Alfred Lutter in Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More. The definition of a shrill performance, he mostly just whines, shrieks, and overacts with a blank facial expression (hard to do!) in the general direction of Alice and makes her already difficult life more difficult. A very young Jodie Foster appeared in a small role and they should have just had her play the son.

Ellen Burstyn deserved her Oscar that year just for having to put up with him for the duration of the shoot.

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by Anonymousreply 6007/15/2020

R60 They definitely should have had Jodie Linda Hunt that role, it would have been her first Oscar and way before Hillary Swank!

by Anonymousreply 6107/15/2020

Thanks, R48. I can still hear his blaring, monotone whine ringing in my ears.

by Anonymousreply 6207/15/2020

I thought Alfred Lutter was perfect and gave a realistic performance. Philip McKeon, on the other hand, sucked balls.

by Anonymousreply 6307/15/2020

R63 Well, when you go with the discount Alice of Linda Lavin, you need to go with the discount Alfred Lutter or it shows her up.

by Anonymousreply 6407/15/2020

Kristen Stewart in Panic Room.

by Anonymousreply 6507/15/2020

R65 Wrong thread all the way! Between PR and The Safety of Objects Kristen Stewart was the most remarkable child actress since Jodie.

by Anonymousreply 6607/15/2020

R66,, no.

by Anonymousreply 6707/15/2020

Aaron Moffatt from The Tortellis, no wonder it was canceled after 13 episodes.

by Anonymousreply 6807/15/2020

Did Alfred Lutter have BDF?

by Anonymousreply 6907/15/2020

The kid that gets crushed by falling bricks in Burnt Offerings

by Anonymousreply 7007/15/2020

The dark haired girl in gimme a break

by Anonymousreply 7107/15/2020

Jake Lloyd in The Phantom Menace was Sofia Coppola territory of dreadful.

by Anonymousreply 7207/15/2020

R64, I think Lutter did the pilot of Alice but he was replaced by McKeon.

by Anonymousreply 7307/15/2020

R73 Because he showed up Lavin, one does not mess with a hardcore bitch like that, she will cut you out of a show.

by Anonymousreply 7407/15/2020

I think Jake Lloyd takes the prize since he was the central character in one of the most highly anticipated movies of all time and so many people were disappointed by Jake and Jar-Jar.

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by Anonymousreply 7507/15/2020

Buck would never have appeared in a thread like this.

by Anonymousreply 7607/15/2020

The weird little boy in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”

by Anonymousreply 7707/15/2020

I took my cousin to see the new Nutcracker Princess movie a while back and I thought the lead actress was pretty wooden and flat. I can't recall her name though. It was the version with Keira Knightly.

by Anonymousreply 7807/15/2020

George "Foghorn" Winslow wasn't much of an actor, but he was a real scene-stealer. Howard Hawks loved him.

by Anonymousreply 7907/15/2020

The girl who played Vicki in "Small Wonder"

The girl in Tarsem Singh's "The Fall"

by Anonymousreply 8007/15/2020

Fucking Melissa Sue Anderson and fucking Quinn Cummings.

by Anonymousreply 8107/17/2020

I noticed there's no fat kids in that clip at R44.

by Anonymousreply 8207/17/2020

The first movie Henry Thomas did was with Cissy Spacek and Eric Roberts called "Raggedy Man." His little brother was played by a boy named Carey Hollis, Jr. Full name is Carey Clyde Leebo Hollis. He basically repeated every one of Henry's lines. It was tragic.

by Anonymousreply 8307/17/2020

In R44's clip the red headed Johnny Whitaker lookalike is Dermott Downs. The long haired green striped shirt boy is Lance Kerwin. IIRC, Lance sent many young DL gayling's heart a flutter.

by Anonymousreply 8407/17/2020

R84 At 15 and then at 16 too.

by Anonymousreply 8507/17/2020

[quote]Harriet from Small Wonder! Did she really need to ham it up so much?

It was necessary when my co-star was so robotic.

by Anonymousreply 8607/18/2020

That charmless little cunt who played the Natalie Wood role in that awful 1990s remake of Miracle on 34th Street.

Trivia: Both Bonnie Butler and Beau Wilkes in GWTW had their voices dubbed by adult actors who specialized in children's voices. That's one reason their performances are so unconvincing.

And yes, Mickey what's his name who played Beau had a bit part as a sailor in Streetcar. And when Vivien found out, she invited him into her trailer, where she "entertained" him for an hour. Go, Viv, go!

by Anonymousreply 8707/18/2020

[quote]That charmless little cunt who played the Natalie Wood role in that awful 1990s remake of Miracle on 34th Street.

That girl is named Mara Wilson and she wasn't bad in [italic]Mrs. Doubtfire[/italic] and [italic]Matilda[/italic]. Except those weren't remakes of classic movies.

by Anonymousreply 8807/18/2020

How can anyone say Dee from What's Happenin' was terrible? She was hilarious.

by Anonymousreply 8907/18/2020

She was Jessica freaking Lange compared to Danny Pintauro, who by all right should own this thread.

by Anonymousreply 9007/18/2020

r8 Wilson was 6 during shooting for the Miracle remake (Natalie Wood was 8 when she shot the original). Wilson definitely improved by the time she shot Matilda the following year.

by Anonymousreply 9107/18/2020

The kids on (old) Dallas and (old) Dynasty were terrible. I don't remember any kids on Falcon Crest or Knots Landing.

by Anonymousreply 9207/18/2020

This character was so forgettable I thought his name was "Six".

It was actually "Seven".

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R90 There is an episode of “Who’s the Boss” where Tony Danza picks up Pintauro in his arms and dances with him. Pintauro looked like he was in heaven.

by Anonymousreply 9407/18/2020

R93: That was partly to make up for Katey Sagal's miscarriage. Either way, season 7 would have added a new kid. At least the path they actually took had an escape clause.

by Anonymousreply 9507/18/2020

The Little Boy in James in the Giant Peach was pretty mediocre.

by Anonymousreply 9607/18/2020

[quote]Pintauro looked like he was in heaven.

He's not getting any closer than that.

by Anonymousreply 9707/18/2020

The son in Unfaithful. Every second of that performance was annoying.

by Anonymousreply 9807/18/2020

Speaking of annoying little boys named Danny, no one mentioned me yet?

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by Anonymousreply 9907/19/2020

Any small child they bring in to a TV series when all the kids on the show have grown up usually sucks.

Carrie and Grace on Little House were on the Prairie seemed mentally damaged since they never developed speech or seemed to get older.

by Anonymousreply 10007/19/2020

Little House on the Prairie ^

by Anonymousreply 10107/19/2020

These three little non-rocket scientists from the Apple Dumplings Gang, barely had a brain cell or an original element of performance between them.

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by Anonymousreply 10207/19/2020

Except constantly having to pee. That was the only bathroom humor Disney would allow then. Now they have fouled up [italic]Artemis Fowl[/italic] with dirt farts, and the kid in the title role didn't look like he brought much to the table in terms of talent.

by Anonymousreply 10307/19/2020

Wheelchair boy in Mac and Me

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by Anonymousreply 10407/19/2020

Those Apple Dumpling Gang movies sure sucked. The people that gave the green light to those cinematic turds Disney churned out in the 70s should be ashamed.

by Anonymousreply 10507/19/2020

Compared to now when all they can muster is reboot after reboot and get-off-my-back token gays?

by Anonymousreply 10607/19/2020

Not a fan of Disney, but a movie about a mule that kicks field goals? Pretty much anything by Disney now beats that.

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by Anonymousreply 10707/19/2020

Even a soulless, sterile, virtually shot-for-shot remake of [italic]The Lion King[/italic]? What a waste of time and money. At least a silly gimmick picture like the one R107 mentioned didn't cost as much as the GDP of a developing nation.

by Anonymousreply 10807/19/2020

[italic]Gus[/italic] got a 60% audience score and no critical score since no major critics apparently cared.

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[italic]Artemis Fowl[/italic] was despised by both critics and audiences. A Facebook friend who read the books said in no uncertain terms that they ruined.

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by Anonymousreply 11007/19/2020

Mary Badham in To Kill a Mockingbird. Wow, terrible!

by Anonymousreply 11107/19/2020

R94 explains why I could never stand that show. In addition to just plain not being funny at all, it looked like pedo propaganda. Tony seriously had more sexual chemistry with the kids than with Judith Light, whom I was just embarrassed for for going along with this crap for nearly a decade and even more so for poor Katherine Helmond.

And don't kid yourselves: Bitchlyssa couldn't act then either and she never got any better even on that witch show or any of her movies.

by Anonymousreply 11207/19/2020

Corey Feldman in everything.

by Anonymousreply 11307/19/2020

I'm sorry he died young, but Matthew Garber was the weak link in the casting of all the Disney movies he was in in the 1960s. Some of his line readings are painfully bad to listen to.

Harmony Cramp, the original Cecily on [italic]Road To Avonlea[/italic], was awful especially when the other actors on that show were good, even the other child actors. At least they eventually (in the post-Sarah Polley years) replaced her with Molly Atkinson who was an improvement. They made the switch by giving her TB and locking her away in a sanitarium.

by Anonymousreply 11407/19/2020

For fucks sake, Jake Lloyd gets a pass for being a little boy who wasn’t even interested in acting, the director or somebody just wanted him in it.

Him having having mental illness that took over his health and life; is enough on his plate without a bunch of catty gurrrls assaulting his 8 year old self, or however young he was. Get over it already, Karens.

by Anonymousreply 11507/19/2020

Ahmed Best almost killed himself over all the Jar-Jar hate.

by Anonymousreply 11607/19/2020

Jake Lloyd worked in TV and in films both before and after his Star Wars role, as well as voiceover work. So I don't know where this 'never wanted to act' story comes from? He apparently is schizophrenic, at least his mother says so, which is indeed very sad.

All that said, he was shockingly bad in Phantom Menace.

by Anonymousreply 11707/20/2020

Drums (both) and Tambourine in The Partridge Family.

by Anonymousreply 11807/20/2020

Cindy Brady

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Charlie Wade on Dallas

by Anonymousreply 12007/20/2020

R120, she was good!

by Anonymousreply 12107/20/2020

I was always annoyed by the little boy in Kubrick's The Shining. I don't know if it was a bad performance, but it was a really annoying one.

by Anonymousreply 12207/20/2020

R121: She still banged Brad Pitt before he became a simp.

by Anonymousreply 12307/20/2020

why does everyone think Brad Pitt was on DALLAS?

I've seen those episode.

It was Princess Stephanie of Monaco.

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Each and every one of them.

by Anonymousreply 12507/20/2020

The obnoxious older son in Terms of Endearment. (The younger son was wonderful.)

by Anonymousreply 12607/20/2020

Film: Sofia Coppola in "Peggy Sue Got Married." I felt embarrassed on her behalf.

TV: Any sitcom featuring the "Lives One Little Girl!" conceit. Examples of this would be Soleil Moon Frye in "Punky Brewster" or Kaleena Kiff in "Love, Sidney."

(I was very jealous of precocious kids who were materially overindulged/spoiled in these shows, so that's probably why they've stuck in my mind).

by Anonymousreply 12707/20/2020

Carolyn, the girl Raj and Nadine were foster parents to in the first season of [italic]What's Happening Now!![/italic], was so bad they let her go after the first season the same time Rerun quit (over money again).

by Anonymousreply 12807/20/2020

If this blond boy's eyes were any bigger, he'd be a Margaret Keane painting.

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R128, same thing happened on 227, season 4. Mary and Lester (kind of) adopt Alexandra (Countess Vaughn) but then the girl is gone after like 10 episodes. LOL.

by Anonymousreply 13007/20/2020

R130: That show was all over the place once Embassy merged into Columbia and Coke sold it to Sony. They put Alexandra on there partly because Marla Gibbs didn't want to be showed up again by another female co-star on a show who won an Emmy while she didn't. They also tried showing a white teacher and a boyfriend for Rose, but it wasn't the same. It felt less like a closely-knit community than in the earlier seasons produced under Embassy.

by Anonymousreply 13107/20/2020

[quote]They also tried showing a white teacher and a boyfriend for Rose,

Ah, the Barry Sobel and Stoney Jackson years. And Rose married that actor - Kevin Peter Hall. He died of AIDS.

by Anonymousreply 13207/20/2020

That little fat queen who played Jamie in "Small Wonder."

by Anonymousreply 13307/20/2020

I actually heard he married a woman and is no longer homeless, R133. Still fat, though. And the father looks like he gained a pound a year since the show went off the air.

by Anonymousreply 13407/20/2020

Grayson Chrisley

by Anonymousreply 13507/20/2020

None of the kids on [italic]Modern Family[/italic] were anything to write home about, honestly. Now that the show is finally dead and buried, we can say it.

by Anonymousreply 13607/20/2020

The kid who played Andy on “Family Ties” owns this thread.

The Robbie Rist rule: any little boy with a bowl haircut is going to be a show killer.

by Anonymousreply 13707/20/2020

The (fake) twins on Valerie/Valerie's Family/The Hogan Family. Talk about a shit show. Has there been any other TV series with at least THREE different titles during the show's run???

by Anonymousreply 13807/20/2020

[quote]Has there been any other TV series with at least THREE different titles during the show's run???

Does [italic]Disneyland[/italic], aka [italic]Walt Disney Presents[/italic], aka [italic]Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color[/italic], aka [italic]The Wonderful World of Disney[/italic], aka [italic]Disney's Wonderful World[/italic] (a grammatical distinction that only matters in English), aka [italic]Walt Disney[/italic], aka [italic]The Disney Sunday Movie[/italic], aka [italic]The Magical World of Disney[/italic] count?

by Anonymousreply 13907/20/2020

R139, no, try again, Tinky Winky.

by Anonymousreply 14007/20/2020

[quote] Wheelchair boy in Mac and Me

He was played by Paul Rudd.

by Anonymousreply 14107/20/2020

[quote] [R139], no, try again, Tinky Winky. —Jason Bateman

Tinky Winky? You're the one who put Ricky Schroder in a dress and made him your date for the evening!

And that show was the one that dressed you up in a "turkey suit" that consisted of nothing but long underwear and pasted-on feathers.

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Ricky Seagull on season four of the Partridge Family......ugh......his IMDB page says that he later played HAMLET in a production he directed himself.....

I almost wished I had seen it......

by Anonymousreply 14307/20/2020

Damn R143. We can only hope it was co-produced by Lavarious Slaughter

by Anonymousreply 14407/21/2020

R138. Are you talking about the cute one and the Fat Mexican?

by Anonymousreply 14507/21/2020

I hated that kid on The Partridge Family. Especially when he “sang”

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Marigold on Downton Abbey.

Also, the twins who played Lady Mary's son George were cute appearance wise but had creepy little voices.

by Anonymousreply 14707/21/2020

R145: Mom, I’m Venezuelan! How many times do I have to keep pointing this out? Now someone go after the chomo who made me do a publicity photo spread in short shorts.

by Anonymousreply 14807/21/2020

The lead performance in Mr Orange Blob Goes To Washington is one of the worst child performances I have ever seen. Atonishing bad it almost makes you feel like you're in danger.

by Anonymousreply 14907/22/2020

The kid who played Beau Wilkes in the scenes when Melanie died.

by Anonymousreply 15007/22/2020

Most child actors stink. They usually aren't hired for talent, only for how cute they are or resemble the actors playing their parents.

by Anonymousreply 15107/22/2020

I think Ricky Segall from "The Partridge Family" was the worst, not only because he couldn't sing and was a terrible actor, but because they ALREADY HAD two "cute" young kids (Jeremy Gelbwaks and Suzanne Crough) but they wouldn't give them any lines.

I'm glad he grew up into a handsome guy, though.

by Anonymousreply 15207/22/2020

I've always wanted to see the 50s movie "Dondi" with David Janssen and Patti Page, because the child actor who plays the title role, David Kory, is supposed to be the single worst child actor in film history.

by Anonymousreply 15307/22/2020

R153, I've tried to find a Dondi DVD for years. I've heard the same thing about Kory. LOL.

by Anonymousreply 15407/22/2020

I've seen Dondi and.....well you know what happened.....

by Anonymousreply 15507/23/2020

[quote] The kids on (old) Dallas and (old) Dynasty were terrible. I don't remember any kids on Falcon Crest or Knots Landing.

They had kids on KL and most of them could act. Too bad the boy who played Karen's oldest son died in a car accident when the show was still running.

by Anonymousreply 15607/23/2020

David Mendenhall (General Hospital, Over the Top, a ton of voiceover work) was the kind of child actor who gave child performers a bad name. He was that obnoxious. He even won two Razzies..

by Anonymousreply 15710/19/2020

I am changing the assignment to point out that Michael Fishman was good as D.J. Conner during the first run of the series. But on the reboot he is awful. He is a piece of wood parroting lines. The writers give him as few lines as possible and he mostly stands around in the background.

by Anonymousreply 15810/19/2020

I am changing the assignment to point out that Michael Fishman was good as D.J. Conner during the first run of the series. But on the reboot he is awful. He is a piece of wood parroting lines. The writers give him as few lines as possible and he mostly stands around in the background.

by Anonymousreply 15910/19/2020

The Oleson Twins were awful. They were like a hideous animatron repeating ridiculous catchphrases...

"You're in Trouble, Mister"...."You got it, dude"

by Anonymousreply 16010/19/2020

The two hysterically overacting kids in Jurassic Park, Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards, were the worst -- I assumed at the time they just had to be the son and daughter of the producer, or a studio executive.

by Anonymousreply 16110/19/2020

Shirley Temple herself was a perfectly terrible actress, and not a good singer, either. Compare any of the Little Rascals to her, they seem like geniuses.

But she could tap dance like crazy, it was so amazing, everyone forgot her wretched line delivery.

by Anonymousreply 16210/19/2020

The boy in that Happyish show on Showtime. I wanted to slap him silly.

by Anonymousreply 16310/19/2020

The kids from "Kids, Incorporated" in the 80s. I mean, they were charming but the performances were pretty bad. Fergie from Black Eyed Peas was the obnoxious ham, Stacy. And Renee, who was her "sister," with whom she started the forgettable 90's era 90210-style R&B group Wild Orchid. But also Martika, who had the hit with "Toy Soldiers," and Rahsaan Patterson, cast as "The Kid" (no name, inexplicably).

by Anonymousreply 16411/30/2020

The video in r104 s post...I can’t stop laughing. If I weren’t an atheist, I’d be bound for hell, surely. It should not be funny, but here we are.

by Anonymousreply 16511/30/2020

That blob of wood who played Jim-Bob in The Waltons.

Or that little ginger bitch Elizabeth

by Anonymousreply 16611/30/2020

Susan Richardson.

by Anonymousreply 16711/30/2020

I did not like Christina in Now Voyager.

by Anonymousreply 16811/30/2020

The kid who plays the gay son on The Conners. All the fucking kids in Hollywood and that's who they chose for that role?

by Anonymousreply 16911/30/2020

Hated the girl who played young Beth in The Queen’s Gambit. They should have cast her in the “Small Wonder” reboot instead.

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Little Ricky in I Love Lucy.

by Anonymousreply 17111/30/2020

I'll tell you who was among the best -- the kid who played Larry Mondello, Rusty Stevens on "Leave It to Beaver" was one of the most natural kid actors ever.

Larry Matthews on "Dick Van Dyke Show" was pretty bad. Pamelyn Ferdin was kind of annoying. LIsa Gerritson I think was ok on "My World and Welcome To It", but she improved a lot on "Mary Tyler Moore Show".

Robbie Rist and Rickey Seagull on "Brady Bunch" and "Partridge Family" were show killers.

by Anonymousreply 17211/30/2020

The twins from "Seventh Heaven"

The twins from "Everybody Loves Raymond"

by Anonymousreply 17311/30/2020

Suzanne Crough: Tracey from "The Partridge Family." She was like a black hole on the screen, sucking up all energy into her vortex of affectless misery.

Whoever played little Krystina (that name!) on "Dynasty." The scene where she's supposed to be choking in the nursery because she had some kind of congenital disease is a classic--it's like she's imitating how Carol Burnett would purposefully pretend to choke for comic effect.

by Anonymousreply 17411/30/2020

[quote] David Mendenhall (General Hospital, Over the Top, a ton of voiceover work) was the kind of child actor who gave child performers a bad name. He was that obnoxious. He even won two Razzies..

He was the boy who sold drugs to Arnold and Dudley on the Nancy Reagan episode of [italic]Diff'rent Strokes[/italic].

by Anonymousreply 17511/30/2020

That obnoxious bouffant headed Pakistani kid in the recent David Copperfield.

by Anonymousreply 17612/01/2020

[quote]All the fucking kids in Hollywood

I told you so.

by Anonymousreply 17712/01/2020

[quote] why else did they have careers if they couldn't act?

Because they are hot sex.

by Anonymousreply 17812/01/2020

R178 Make sure to save some for me.

by Anonymousreply 17912/01/2020

UK child actors always seem much more natural and far less annoying.

I wonder if adult UK audiences think just the opposite. Maybe they think the Olsen Twins are brilliant.

by Anonymousreply 18012/01/2020

They gave us reality TV. Not everything they do is highbrow costume drama and experimental comedy.

by Anonymousreply 18112/01/2020

The Olsen twins always looked a bit catatonic to me.

by Anonymousreply 18212/01/2020

As a fellow kid, I hated that Robbie Rist, who was always plugged into some show on its last legs for some kind of 'aaawwwwww' factor. He was NOT a cute little cousin or orphan or anything other than a tiny John Denver doppelganger.

On that note, include any late addition sitcom baby that grew in one year to a kid with a bowl cut and overalls.

by Anonymousreply 18312/01/2020

[quote] As a fellow kid

Steve Buscemi, ladies and gentlemen!

[quote]I hated that Robbie Rist, who was always plugged into some show on its last legs for some kind of 'aaawwwwww' factor. He was NOT a cute little cousin or orphan or anything other than a tiny John Denver doppelganger.

Everybody gives him heat for being Cousin Oliver on [italic]The Brady Bunch[/italic], but him being Ted and Georgette's son on [italic]The Mary Tyler Moore Show[/italic] is casually overlooked in such discourse. That even a higher-quality show like MTM felt obligated to hire him speaks volumes.

by Anonymousreply 18412/01/2020

Whoever those kids were in that 90s Little Rascals movie.

Worst kid actors ever.

by Anonymousreply 18512/01/2020

Even the ones who grew up to give us legal-age nude selfies?

by Anonymousreply 18612/01/2020

Pamelyn Ferdin. She had a mutant accent.

by Anonymousreply 18712/01/2020

Most child actors stink. More often than not, they are hired for their cuteness or because they resemble the actors playing their parents over what acting ability they might have.

by Anonymousreply 18812/01/2020

Lizzie McGuire as Hilary Duff. Awful.

by Anonymousreply 18912/01/2020

Hannah Montana as Miley Cyrus. Even worse!

by Anonymousreply 19012/01/2020

Kid actors are the worst. That Danny Cooksey kid from Different Strokes and his hammy backwoods accent was horrible.t

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R191: That nasal twang is common for a lot of country/western singers. I get what they were trying to do: take a family that was a union of Black and white and make it a union of North and South. But the already inconsistent writing took a dive, and his little-boy misogyny, which wasn't remotely cute or funny, rarely going unchallenged outside the Soleil Moon Frye episode was one of the reasons why. Everyone I ever talked to who watched that show hated him except for one person who turned out to be French. The show was dubbed in France.

Ironically, he worked more as an adult than the three main kids did. So did Robbie Rist compared to the six Brady kids. They paid the bills with cartoon voices after they hit puberty. At least with Cooksey's other major TV role as Montana Max on [italic]Tiny Toon Adventures[/italic], the character is supposed to be unsympathetic.

by Anonymousreply 19212/01/2020

The kid who played Cousin Oliver on The Brady Bunch and with the exception of David Cassidy, all of the kids on the Partridge Family.

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Mason Reese.

by Anonymousreply 19412/01/2020

Jaden Smith and Jonathan Lipnicki

by Anonymousreply 19512/01/2020

Barron Trump

by Anonymousreply 19612/01/2020

Kiernan Shipka in Mad Men. I don't understand why she's considered talented; she just cute girl who got lucky in casting but she's not talented.

by Anonymousreply 19712/01/2020

Derek singing “Yankee Doodle Dandy” on Full House.

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Stockard Channing as Rizzo.

by Anonymousreply 19912/01/2020

What does DL feel about Joan Fontaine playing a 14-year-old in "The Constant Nymph"? I like Ginger Rogers trying to pass as a 12-year old in 'The Major and the Minor".

by Anonymousreply 20012/01/2020

Second for Jonathan Lipnicki. NOT cute, horrible lisp, seemed like he was being fed every single line at a time and he'd just repeat it. I have no idea why Tom Cruise's character fell for the kid--there was no chemistry there and the child was annoying and homely. He's now an even uglier fatso now.

Tatum O'Neill. Has always been a lousy actress (her episode of SATC was bite-my-nails awful) and she didn't deserve an award for stunt casting. She was adequate. but any ragamuffin child would've been able to do this role. You can vaguely see her mouth Ryan O'Neal's lines in some parts as she waits to deliver her own.

by Anonymousreply 20112/01/2020

That kid in that movie Simon Birch. My friend went to school with him, everyone hated him.

by Anonymousreply 20212/01/2020

Give me those shoes back.

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Aw, Rhoda is pretty great at being awful.

by Anonymousreply 20412/01/2020

JHO's untalented fug daughter.

by Anonymousreply 20512/01/2020

R161 What, you think children wouldn't really scream if they were being chased by dinosaurs? I think they were good. The boy is annoying at first because he's a total know-it-all and looks far too young to have read any of the books he's jabbering about, but once the dinosaurs break out his performance becomes quite convincing.

by Anonymousreply 20602/16/2021

Those two little trolls on Full House and the two youngest Partridge kids who basically stood there with a dazed look on their faces most of the time.

by Anonymousreply 20702/16/2021

The kid who played Ellie in the first "Pet Sematary" movie. Actually, ALL the acting in that movie was atrocious, with the exception of Fred Gwynne.

by Anonymousreply 20802/16/2021

I don't really notice bad child acting most of the time because children in real life aren't as intelligent or complex as adults. And I haven't seen all these corny old American shows with regular child cast members. It seems like when they make quality drama films featuring a child as a main character, they put a lot of effort into finding the best kid for the part (they audition thousands) so usually they deliver a pretty impressive, or least competent performance.

by Anonymousreply 20902/16/2021

But I agree with all the people who said Jake Lloyd was bad in The Phantom Menace. But then everyone else was bad in it because the script was bad.

I noticed someone saying the kid in The Shining was bad, I don't agree at all. I think he adds to the film and it's one of my favourite child performances.

by Anonymousreply 21002/16/2021

Fred Savage in THE WONDER YEARS. The hammy, arched eyebrow whenever he ‘got’ something. He delivered most of his lines not like a preteen boy, but a fifty something divorce’ trying to pick up women at a tiki lounge.

by Anonymousreply 21102/16/2021

R202 They hated that poor dwarf child? You must have gone to a horrible school.

by Anonymousreply 21202/16/2021

Appropriately enough it's R69 who explains for me my attraction to women who look like Alfred Lutter.

by Anonymousreply 21302/16/2021

The worst of all, bar none,w as Dawn Lynn as Dodi on "My Three Sons." Apparently the directors never told her to stop breathing through her mouth,

by Anonymousreply 21402/16/2021

The blond girl in Jurassic Park.

by Anonymousreply 21502/16/2021

[quote]his IMDB page says that he later played HAMLET in a production he directed himself.....

🎼 Say, Hey, Gertrude will ya hit one out here?!

by Anonymousreply 21602/16/2021

The bitch who played Tina in Now Voyager. I’m the fake Now Voyager dialogue troll who posts hilarious dialogue in the Now Voyager thread.

by Anonymousreply 21702/16/2021

I was the best voice for Lucy Van Pelt you Cunts!

by Anonymousreply 21802/16/2021

DJ on Roseanne.

by Anonymousreply 21902/16/2021

Recall "Chubby" from Our Gang?

Norman Myers Chaney

He was funny.

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by Anonymousreply 22002/16/2021

Danny Pintauro was awful on "Who's The Boss", but he was actually VERY good as the child Paul Ryan on As The World Turns. The worst have to be Larry Matthews on DVD and Dawn Lynn on MTS.

The best I've ever seen for child TV actors were Ronny Howard on "Andy Griffith" and Jerry Mathers as The Beaver. They sucked when they grew up, but as kids they were naturals.

by Anonymousreply 22102/16/2021

"I noticed someone saying the kid in The Shining was bad, I don't agree at all. I think he adds to the film and it's one of my favourite child performances."

The kid who played Danny in the tv version of "The Shining" was REALLY bad. He talked like he had marbles in his mouth and for some reason had a Moe Howard sugar bowl haircut.

by Anonymousreply 22202/16/2021

R222, better than Larry Fine or Curly Howard hair...

by Anonymousreply 22302/16/2021

She’s gross now but Chloe Mireya was good as a child in “Let Me In”, the boy as well.

by Anonymousreply 22402/16/2021

Lol *chloe moretz

by Anonymousreply 22502/16/2021

That teenager whose voice never changed. Younger nephew in Auntie Mame movie and in Twilight Zone’s The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.

by Anonymousreply 22602/16/2021

R222 Because it was made in the 90s and that Godawful pudding bowl haircut was inexplicably popular among young boys. Or maybe their mothers liked it and chose it for them. I didn't have it, I never liked it and fortunately neither did my mother.

by Anonymousreply 22702/17/2021

THe girl who plays Lily in Modern Family. She was bad when she was a youngster, but we could overlook that due to her age. She still sucked as a teenager. They should have recast that role when anyone with eyes and ears realized she was awful.

by Anonymousreply 22802/20/2021

Jonathan Lipniki an ugly fatso? I think not.

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Jonathan Lipniki was on a recent season of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, and he was cute, funny, and well-built.

by Anonymousreply 23002/20/2021

[quote] the kid in Burnt Offerings - Lee Montgomery I think his name was

Her grew into the hottie who romances Sarah Jessica Parker in the 80s flick Girls Just Want To Have Fun.

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Too many to name, but so many child actors on soaps before they are SORASed to bring on summer teen drama. There main job is to run and hug their Mom when she is feeling bad over her recent romantic troubles, or even worse need to speak dialogue if they are part of a child custody or child illness storyline.

by Anonymousreply 23202/20/2021

No mention of Marigold from Downton Abbey? She was played by twins who had to have been related to a producer or way they'd have gotten on tv any other way. The scenes where she's a bit more animated is one twin, the other is the goggle eyed, slack jawed "special" one seen in scenes where she's staring off into space with her mouth open. They also always looked exhausted with dark circles under their eyes. Not sure what was going on there.

by Anonymousreply 23302/20/2021

The twins that trump everything offered here:

Lindsay and Sydney Greenbush from Little House On The Prairie.

Pick any season. It’s just a blank idiotic low-IQ stare into space.

The lights were never turned on in their world.

/end thread.

by Anonymousreply 23402/22/2021

The blonde boy who played Nathan's on One Tree Hill.

by Anonymousreply 23502/22/2021

Most recently, this kid in, "Wonder Woman: 1984". This is not even his worst scene:

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The Olsens. What a plague they turned out to be.

by Anonymousreply 23702/22/2021

Dawn Lyn from "My Three Sons" is Leif Garrett's little sister, in more than one way: she is 4'10"

by Anonymousreply 23802/22/2021

The idiotic and perpetually open-mouthed twins from "Seventh Heaven."

by Anonymousreply 23902/22/2021

[quote] The Olsens. What a plague they turned out to be.

All the [italic]Full House[/italic] kids were terrible but even they wanted nothing to do with the reboot. That spoke volumes.

by Anonymousreply 24002/22/2021

[quote]Danny Pintauro was awful on "Who's The Boss", but he was actually VERY good as the child Paul Ryan on As The World Turns.

No, he sucked in both of them if ATWT's ratings went up after he left, and [italic]Cujo[/italic] is one of the worst Stephen King adaptations.

by Anonymousreply 24102/22/2021

Too lazy to look upthread for Quinn Cummings. Hated that obnoxious little bitch. She was the bane of my existence whenever she was on talk shows.

by Anonymousreply 24202/22/2021

Quinn Cummings has a cult following on the DL

by Anonymousreply 24302/22/2021

Cousin Oliver, 2020:

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Edward Furlong

by Anonymousreply 24502/28/2021

the Kars for Kids morons. Hideous.

by Anonymousreply 24602/28/2021

I find most child actors to be painful to watch. But I have to say: the twins from 7th Heaven, the Olsen twins in most things and the kid that played Franklin in My Wife and Kids.

by Anonymousreply 24703/01/2021

Looking back, Fred Savage was really obnoxious. I heard the fame went to his head..

by Anonymousreply 24803/15/2021

I thought the kid in "Problem Child" was just about the worst thing I'd ever seen, in one of the worst movies ever made. To this day, I can't believe there are people that enjoy this movie.

If we want to include movies not many people have seen, there is a Chilean movie called "Gringuito", about an American-born kid whose Chilean parents decide to move back to their homeland with him. The kid's performance is soooooo awful. It's painfully obvious that he's reading his lines off cue cards in just about every scene...and that he can barely read. The movie isn't terrible, but the kid single-handedly ruins it completely.

by Anonymousreply 24903/15/2021

The little girl who plays Jennifer Lopez's daughter in Enough.

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How many of these poor performances were in fact poor direction? Kids in general don't know how to act like someone else and do what the director tells them (demands). Of course there are some kid actors that are naturals, but that is not common.

by Anonymousreply 25103/15/2021

R245 “Edward Furlong”

He was hot for sure, but not Furlong 😜

by Anonymousreply 25203/16/2021

Jeremy Miller (Ben on Growing Pains).

by Anonymousreply 25304/02/2021

The kids who played Franklin and Kady on My Wife and Kids. Annoying and bratty.

The sons on Home Improvement besides JTT.

Olsen Twins in everything from Full House to the tween/teen movies. They're so robotic.

Lil Romeo, Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers, Wolff Brothers, Jamie Lynn Spears and Miley Cyrus in their shows.

Taylor Momsen in How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

by Anonymousreply 25404/02/2021

The kid who played Seven on Married... with Children was one of the worst up there with The Olsens. Even more noticeable since Christina Applegate and David Faustino were such natural actors when they started the show as kids and got better with each season.

by Anonymousreply 25504/02/2021

I disagree r253.

by Anonymousreply 25604/02/2021

Jonathan Lipnicki.

The Sprouse Twins.

Lisa Bonet.

The girl that played Carmen on The George Lopez Show.

The two youngest Brady Bunch kids.

The two youngest Partridge Family kids.

by Anonymousreply 25704/02/2021

The little girl who plays Mary in The Children’s Hour. Dreadful. Veronica Cartwright steals all of their scenes together.

by Anonymousreply 25804/02/2021

JTT in Man of the House (1995)

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The kid in Minari, Alan Kim, is up for a BAFTA for his blank, weird performance.

by Anonymousreply 26004/02/2021

Angela Cartwright (younger sister of Veronica) learned how to act as she got older and was fine in "Lost in Space" and "The Sound of Music," but she was truly terrible as a young child on "Make Room for Daddy." She couldn't deliver a line without smirking, even when she was supposedly upset and announcing that she was running away from home.

by Anonymousreply 26104/02/2021

"Dennis the Menace" star Jay North was one of the worst child actors in the history of television. His line delivery was overly emphatic and totally artificial.

by Anonymousreply 26204/02/2021

No contest: Young Sheldon.

by Anonymousreply 26304/02/2021

[quote]The girl that played Carmen on The George Lopez Show.

Masiela Lusha was later on an episode of L&O: SVU as a Eastern European prostitute, she was very good.

btw, she's Albanian, not Hispanic.

by Anonymousreply 26404/11/2021

[quote]The twins from "Everybody Loves Raymond"

One down. One to go.

by Anonymousreply 26504/11/2021

Ruh Roh, R146

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[quote] Jeremy Miller (Ben on Growing Pains).

R253, you need to beg Jesus for forgiveness for that one.

by Anonymousreply 26704/11/2021

R111 and she got the Oscar nom that should have gone to Joan

by Anonymousreply 26805/02/2021

The little girl who plays Newt in ":Aliens."

by Anonymousreply 26905/02/2021

Because of idiot troll 5843, half this thread is grayed out.

Obsessed with kids much, troll?

by Anonymousreply 27005/02/2021

R270 is a homophobe and a pedo trying to accuse others of being one for throwing scent off the trail. Fuck off, Josh Duggar!

by Anonymousreply 27105/02/2021

[quote]Younger nephew in Auntie Mame movie

His equivalent in LucyMAME, Kirby Furlong, was worse. He looked like he was about to fall asleep in every scene.

by Anonymousreply 27205/02/2021

We had this little shit during the pandemic. Non-stop.

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Idk.. Lacey Chabert sucked

by Anonymousreply 27405/02/2021

My all time worst is the actress who played Bonnie Blue Butler in GWtW. I was happy when she fell off that horse!

by Anonymousreply 27505/02/2021

M.'s spawn.

by Anonymousreply 27605/02/2021

R274 = Mila Kunis

by Anonymousreply 27705/03/2021

R271 is the troll, they're one of the anti-Meghan loons who also posts racist, homophobic, and anti-trans stuff, the "you gays are all misogynist" kind of troll. Read their posts in "Caitlyn Jenner speaks against trans women playing female sports" and "Russian Misinformation Trolls," hell, even in the "Poor Brian Wilson" thread and see for yourself.

The trolls we have who troll all day long in threads on a certain set of topics (trans, immigration, racebait, Meghan, Biden, Muslims) have lately been doing this thing where they randomly accuse others of being trolls. One troll started it and the others picked up on it and have been doing it, too.

by Anonymousreply 27805/03/2021

Did Willow smith ever do a movie?

by Anonymousreply 27905/03/2021

All of them, especially the ones who also sing.

by Anonymousreply 28005/03/2021

With the exception of Christina Ricci in “The Adams Family.”

by Anonymousreply 28105/03/2021

The craziest thing about the dubbing of Cammie King in GWTW is that she went on to be the voice of Faline as a girl in "Bambi." Clearly, her voice was just fine. The adult dubbing her made the Bonnie Blue character almost intolerable.

by Anonymousreply 28205/03/2021

Either of the Fannings, Elle or Dakota.

by Anonymousreply 28305/03/2021

yo mamma

by Anonymousreply 28405/03/2021

R278 is a homophobe. "*nt*-tr*ns" is a misogynistic homophobic dog whistle just as "Kl*n Gr*nny" is an ageist misogynistic slur.

by Anonymousreply 28505/03/2021

R278 is probably also a pedo like all homophobes.

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R287: Racist.

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