Netflix gets under fire after being called out in its explicit French film, “Cuties.”
The media giant was charged by a Texas grand jury in its promotion of “lewd sexual material” of children. Amid calls on its inappropriate content, Netflix released the controversial film entitled “Cuties,” or “Mignonnes” in French.
According to New York Post, Tyler County grand jury returned the charges against Netflix on September 23, 2020, as also tweeted by Rep. Matt Schaefer.
The indictment read that Netflix knowingly promoted visual materials that depict lewd exhibition of the public area of genitals of a clothed or partially clothed minor at the time the film was created. The film appeals to the prurient sex interest, and has “no serious, artistic, literary, political or scientific value.”
Enraged Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard expressed stern disapproval on the flick.
Rep. Gabbard referred to the film as child porn saying, “Cuties will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade.”
She mentioned that 1 in 4 victims of trafficking are children, calling out the streaming giant complicit.
Other critics also claimed it would promote and encourage pedophilia.
The flick debuted at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. It’s about an 11-year-old Muslim girl living in Paris who decided to join a dance crew. The girl became “liberated” after joining the dance group, albeit raised in a conservative home.
“The video streaming service and content-producer Netflix is currently hosting a film entitled ‘Cuties’ that sexualizes young girls, including through dance scenes that simulate sexual activities and a scene exposing a minor’s bare breast,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz wrote in a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr in September.
Senator Cruz called for a DOJ investigation over the film under the streaming giant.
“‘Cuties’ is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children,” a spokesperson for Netflix said in September.
The giant defends the film as an award-winning and powerful story about young girls facing pressure on social media and society.