The Chorus against Netflix continues to grow as people are asking Netflix users to boycott the French film Cuties. People are demanding Netflix to drop the film from the streaming as it promotes the sexualization of kids.
“Cuties” is about the hyper-sexualization of pre-adolescent girls. It follows an 11-year-old girl of Senegalese origin, living in one of Paris’ poorest neighborhoods, who is raised in a pious tradition but joins a group of young dancers who hope to twerk their way to stardom.
The problem with the film that netizens are pointing out now, started when Netflix released the first trailer and a poster which shows 11 y/o little girls twerking and dancing. And to be fair, people are right as it can be seen to be crossing the lines.
The movement against the film started yesterday on social media sites when people started sharing their views and asked explanation from Netflix for releasing it on their platform. One of the users wrote "ah corporate pedophilia, never gets old. just like their victims. seriously though NO one at Netflix was like "maybe a show about little girls twerking and calling it cuties is a bad idea". I hope this is actually a bait and switch but even then. what the hell."
Another user wrote "The pedophiles at Netflix are releasing a movie sexualizing children called 'Cuties.' The description claims it's about an 11-year-old girl that becomes "fascinated with twerking" and "exploring her feminity."
Few people are also accusing Netflix of racism over the film, one user wrote, "The hypersexualization of young Black girls is the worst thing ever. Other races can have stories centered around love, adventure, finding themselves but Black women get an 11-year-old Black girl plus company twerking and being sexualized. Every day I hate Netflix more."
One of the users has already started a petition to remove the film from Netflix, the petition says "This movie/show is disgusting as it sexualizes an ELEVEN-year-old for the viewing pleasure of pedophiles and also negatively influences our children! There is no need for this kind of content in that age group, especially when sex trafficking and pedophilia are so rampant! There is no excuse, this is dangerous content!"
The petition already has 15000 signatures and can be found here.
The film is not a Netflix original and in fact, it was acquired by Netflix earlier this year at the Sundance film festival 2020. Directed by Maïmouna Doucouré, the film won the award for "World Cinema - Dramatic" at Sundance 2020. The film was also nominated for Generation Kplus - Best Film at Berlin International Film Festival 2020.
The film was released in France on August 19, however, we are not seeing much controversy erupting from France as of now. The film was widely reviewed by the critics around the world and below we have got the summary of some of those reviews below:
“Its approach may not always work, but the film is undeniably ambitious and implemented in an affecting way. It focuses tightly on her rowdy protagonists, crafting a spirited film that nimbly depicts the tweens’ youthful energy.” - Andrew Bundy at Playlist.
"Maïmouna Doucouré's drama serves up stark choices for a Senegalese immigrant girl who's rebellious, reckless, and 11 years old." - Amy Nicholson at Variety.
However Cuties is not the first film on Netflix which is getting into this kind of controversy, In 2018, Netflix was accused of glamorizing underage prostitution over their Italian teen-drama series "Baby".
The film will be available to stream on Netflix, September 9th. Below is the trailer:
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