Netflix Defends ‘Cuties’ as ‘Social Commentary Against the Sexualization of Young Children’

Screenshot from a clip showing a dance scene from the Netflix movie Cuties

Cuties is a French film and won an award at the Sundance Film Festival; its director, Maïmouna Doucouré, recently said she was shocked by the backlash and defended the movie.

Matt Schaefer (R) is calling for the state's attorney general to investigate the Netflix film, "Cuties", for potential violations of child exploitation and child pornography laws.

"Cancel Netflix" is now trending on Twitter which follows Netflix releasing the pedophilia movie Cuties yesterday on its streaming network. The hashtag gained momentum after a scene from the film, showing young girls dancing in a suggestive manner in front of adult spectators, was shared on Twitter.

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French flick "Cuties" follows the life of an 11-year-old girl, who goes against her parents' wishes to join a "free spirited" dance group with other girls. After being "bombarded with hyper-sexualized imagery", Amy "envisions a dance routine, featuring grinding and twerking, that's sure to be deemed inappropriate but that, in her mind, will put to rest the notion that she and her friends are children", according to TheWrap's review. This is where our culture is at. Last month, the streaming giant apologized after a poster promoting the movie was accused of sexualizing its young cast.

Despite the outrage, Doucouré says she "can't wait" for the public to see the movie, which launches globally on Netflix Sept. 9. "We've now updated the pictures and description", a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement at the time.

However, it did not seem to calm down the critics, who castigated not only Netflix for releasing the movie, but also the parents of the girls who participated in it.

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