Netflix Accused Of Promoting Pedophilia With Cuties, Movie Released Anyway

By Liana Keane | 3 months ago

There are a number of questionable shows hidden in the bowels of Netflix. But this one may have gone too far. Netflix has announced they’ll be streaming a new movie called Cuties and it’s about an eleven year old girl “heroically” rebelling against her parents by joining a twerking dance crew. And just in case that synopsis wasn’t enough to make you throw up in your mouth, here’s the show’s promotional poster…

Netflix Cuties

The internet has exploded, accusing Netflix of peddling pedophilia or worse. Netflix has defended the movie and now, despite all the outrage, they’ve released it anyway.

The Original Cuties Backlash

The mere existence of the show has so disgusted most people that even the notorious, free speech internet site 4Chan has banned Cuties from its site…

On the flipside, Avengers star Tessa Thompson has stepped forward to champion the film…

Cuties is a film from a French Senegalese Black woman who based it on her own experiences. The movie is supposed to be a commentary on the hyper-sexualization of children however in the process of doing that it seems to have hired a bunch of child actors and hyper-sexualized them.

Here’s the movie’s trailer, which begins with an eleven year old in a crop top and tight leather pants doing a suggestive dance while she works…

The trailer portrays an elementary school girl as heroically stealing money and lying about her age so she can hang out with older boys and join a hyper-sexual dance crew. When her Mom tells her to cut it out, she the little girl rebels and doubles down on her sexualized behavior allowing her to be happy and giggle with her scantily dressed friends. Seems like the poster was a pretty accurate represtnation.

Here’s the French version of the poster which still totally sexualizes the kids but makes them seem a lot happier about it, because I guess some creep took them bra shopping…

Netflix Cuties

After the backlash against Cuties reached a fever pitch, Netflix decided to respond. Here’s their statement…

We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties. It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description.

With that pseudo apology Netflix has, perhaps on purpose, managed to dodge the real complaint people have here. It wasn’t the way they promoted the movie that was a problem, it’s that this movie is allowed to exist at all. Actually Netflix, that wasn’t even an apology. That was you bragging that you have an award winning movie.

So the message from Netflix here is that Cuties is OK because the elite film snobs who go skiing once a year in Utah gave it an award. It’s worth noting that the Sundance film festival’s co-founder was recently charged with child sex-abuse.

However, true to their word Netflix has started promoted Cuties differently in an attempt to make it seem somewhat less vile than it actually is. Below is the synopsis they had listed before this all broke…

Netflix change

And this is what the Netflix page for the show says about it now…

New synopsis

The movie still sexualizes elementary school girls by having them perform for the camera in a twerking dance crew, but they’ve called them “free-spirited” now so that’s OK?

Some people have responded by trying to contact Netflix customer service about the movie Cuties. Here’s a screenshot of the response one Netflix user got…

Customer support

These girls are eleven. Why are we glorifying the idea of fifth graders rebelling against their parents by shaking their ass? The movie’s own rating tells you it’s not OK. Cuties is rated TV-MA which means you should be 16 or older to watch it. So the girls performing these acts in the movie aren’t even old enough to watch themselves perform them.

Something is very wrong here. Who is Cuties for again? I think you know and I think Netflix knows too.

A petition has been launched on Change.org asking Netflix to remove Cuties from their rotation. So far it has nearly 200,000 signatures and Netflix’s pseudo apology hasn’t slowed down the rate at which new people are signing up and voicing their disgust.

What do you think? Should Cuties be allowed to exist on Netflix? Cast your vote…

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