Netflix is under fire from its users as their newly released French film “Cuties” is perceived as overtly sexualizing young girls.
The film centers around a young immigrant girl who becomes fascinated by a clique of 11-year-old neighborhood girls who twerk in a local dance troupe.
“If you watch 11 year olds twerk, you’re a creep,” one user tweeted. “If you defend Netflix airing this child porn, you’re enabling abuse.” The post was tailed with the hashtag #CancelNetflix.
An early poster for the movie provoked enormous backlash after it was criticized for sexualizing young girls. The French version “Mignonnes,” is clearly less provocative than its American counterpart, both can be seen side-by-side below.
There's two posters for cuties. Netflix used the worst one imaginable and described the movie horribly. pic.twitter.com/rIek28Zxff
— lyle abner (@lyleabner) September 10, 2020
Following the outrage, Netflix apologized for the “inappropriate artwork,” changing both the poster and the movie’s description. The film’s original summary disgustingly read: “Amy, 11, becomes fascinated with a twerking dance crew. Hoping to join them, she starts to explore her femininity, defying her family’s traditions.”
Netflix desexualized the content in a second description: “Eleven-year-old Amy starts to rebel against her conservative family’s traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew.”
The changes have done nothing to quell the public’s disgust. Since Cuties’ September 9 release, the hashtag #CancelNetflix is the No. 1 trending topic on social media. A petition on Change.org to ditch the streamer for “content that exploits children” has garnered over 600,000 signatures.
Over 600,000 ppl have signed a Change petition pledging to cancel their #Netflix subscriptions.
If each signee had an account & canceled, at $12.99 a month, this would be $7.8 million MONTHLY that @Netflix has lost.
That’s $93 million a year.
Keep canceling! #CancelNetflix
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) September 10, 2020
The film’s writer and director, Maïmouna Doucouré is baffled by the response. “I received numerous attacks on my character from people who had not seen the film, who thought I was actually making a film that was apologetic about hypertextualization of children,” she said. “I also received numerous death threats.”
Netflix has rated the controversial film for viewers that are eighteen and older. If a movie about 11-year-olds cannot be viewed by children, the streaming giant should consider removing it. It seems that if they don’t their users won’t hesitate to cancel the service.
Here are some of their posts:
‘Someone Needs to Go to Jail For This’:
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) September 10, 2020
If a Movie about 11 Year Old Girls is rated “Severe” under the “Sex & Nudity” Category on IMDB, maybe it shouldn’t be a thing..
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 10, 2020
I have cancelled my Netflix subscription. When asked for a reason I wrote: 'You support paedophilia'. I have not heard back. #CancelNetflix
— David Kurten (@davidkurten) September 10, 2020