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People Are Cancelling Their Netflix Memberships Over Controversial ‘Cuties’ Movie

Netflix’s new film Cuties has already received a vast amount of backlash for its portrayal of preadolescent girls via its marketing campaign. Now the movie is making rounds again, yet again generating controversy and backlash. The film was released on Netflix on September 9, and now even petitions have been started against it. In fact, one such petition calls for Netflix subscribers to cancel their subscriptions while claiming the service “exploits children and creates a disturbing vibe.”

While the film received positive reviews at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, that hasn’t been the case ever since Netflix’s advertising campaign for the movie took off.

For example, Melissa Henson, program director for the Parents Television Group, said the following:

“Although the film tackles an important topic – one that under different circumstances we might even applaud – it’s the way the film goes about it that’s problematic. This film could have been a powerful rebuke of popular culture that sexualizes children and robs them of their innocence.”

The film’s director has apparently been the target for a variety of death threats over the movie. She’s insisted that people are overreacting without judging the film by its actual content, regardless of the marketing. These sentiments seem to be shared by some, like actress Tessa Thompson. Of course, those in support of the film Cuties have still likewise received backlash.

As you can see from the below tweets, many have cancelled their memberships entirely:

Netflix has released a statement on the movie, saying:

It’s unclear how things will turn out for Netflix and those in support of Cuties, not to mention the film itself. But considering Netflix attempted to change the film’s marketing after the first round of backlash, it’ll be interesting to see if they take any further action.

The film Cuties was written and directed by Maïmouna Doucouré. The movie’s cast stars The film stars Fathia Youssouf, Médina El Aidi-Azouni, Esther Gohourou, Ilanah Cami-Goursolas and Maïmouna Gueye.

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