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:
— cony (@Iordoftheringss) September 10, 2020
If you watch 11-year-olds twerk, you’re a pervert.
If you direct 11 year olds to touch themselves on camera, you’re a pedophile.
— James P. Bradley (@BradleyCongress) September 10, 2020
— van⁷ ⟭⟬ ⟬⟭ (@vanliloh) September 10, 2020
— nagajuseyo (@STae172) September 10, 2020
I understand this video is upsetting and depicts little girls in a gruesome light. I tweeted it for those who will say that “Cuties” is innocent. Here’s your evidence.
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) September 10, 2020
— Millennial Chamber Pot (@MillennialPot) September 10, 2020
We have a pedophilia problem in this nation. #CancelNetflix
— Dean Browning (@DeanBrowningPA) September 10, 2020
Today’s liberal media makes Sodom and Gomorrah seem puritan by comparison.
And why YouTube hosts a documentary called “Drag Kids” that also celebrates sexual exploitation of children.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) September 10, 2020
Bye, Netflix. And it wasn’t even that hard.
If you haven’t cancelled yours yet, but deep down you know you should-just do it.
— Joe Seales (@JoeSeales) September 12, 2020
#CancelNexflix put your money where your mouth is.
As a father, I cannot believe they approved this.
If you want to expose child sexualization, don’t try to accomplish this by sexualizing children. Netflix is known for its docs. pic.twitter.com/tKa5bbKqmr
— Tim O’Neal (@timonealpt) September 11, 2020
— Imanna (@imanna_oop) September 12, 2020
.@netflix child porn “Cuties” will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade. 1 in 4 victims of trafficking are children. It happened to my friend’s 13 year old daughter. Netflix, you are now complicit. #CancelNetflix pic.twitter.com/GI8KFH7LFq
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) September 12, 2020
Netflix has released a statement on the movie, saying:
Netflix is now gaslighting people by pretending the problem with Cuties is the artwork and not the shots of 11 year old girls doing sexual dances with close up shots of their crotches + having them smack their private parts. These people are disgusting. #CancelNexflix pic.twitter.com/SqYj9MGQce
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) September 11, 2020
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.