Netflix’s upcoming film Cuties has found plenty of negative attention since its promotional campaign began. The film is intended to be something of a commentary on the United States entertainment industry, and how young girls are constantly being overly-sexualized by it. As a bit of an ironic result, however, the film has so far been promoted with overly-sexualized imagery of young girls. Thus the backlash, and now actress Tessa Thompson is attempting to defend Cuties against it.
Moviegoers may recognize Tessa Thompson for her work on films like Thor: Ragnarok and Men in Black: International. The actress, who praised the film’s director, insisted that haters are simply misinterpreting the film’s message. According to her, via Twitter:
“”#CUTIES is a beautiful film. It gutted me at the @sundancefest. It introduces a fresh voice at the helm. She’s a French Senegalese Black Woman mining her experiences. The film comments on the hyper-sexualization of preadolescent girls. Disappointed to see the current discourse.”
Obviously this is when backlash against Tessa Thompson herself started.
Her response was again to point out whether or not her haters had even seen the film.
While that may be a valid point in arguing the film’s story, the controversial visuals in question are clearly on display in the film’s marketing. And these visuals happen to consist of overly-sexualized young girls with not a single hint of commentary against it. Clearly, it looks like Netflix’s marketing team might’ve been the ones that haven’t actually seen the movie. And now, due to the backlash, they’ve already updated the film’s images and description.
With that said, although the film isn’t yet available on Netflix, the backlash against Cuties has already spawned a massive petition to see the movie removed from the streaming service. While Netflix will likely still release Cuties, it goes to show just how disgusted audiences are with their choice of marketing – and that they don’t care if Tessa Thompson or anyone else would like to defend it.