With Netflix Cuties receiving immense criticism and disapproval, the streaming service has finally voiced out its part over the controversy by defending its latest artwork.
Calling it an awareness documentary, Netflix says the French film Cuties highlights the accelerating social issue of ‘sexualizing young girls.’ Hence, the platform has requested the viewers to watch the movie prior judging and degrading.
Netflix statement regarding Cuties
The Netflix’s spokesperson stated:
‘Cuties’ is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. It’s an award-winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls’ face on social media and from society more generally growing up – and we’d encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie.
The statement from Netflix came soon after the #CancelNetflix trend initiated on twitter as a huge population revoked their subscription on release of film Cuties, which has been accused of promotion of provocative content and minor’s pornography.
Moreover, Maimouna Doucoure, the creator of the controversial screenplay stated in an interview that she “hopes people criticizing the movie watch it first.”
“After that, they will see that we have the same fight and we are all together about that issue of hyper-sexualization of our children and protect our children.”
Netflix Cuties controversy
Netflix purchased the French film Cuties after it garnered huge accolades last year, followed with world cinema directing award at Sundance film festival. However, the dispute over the screenplay erupted when Netflix refabricated the posters of its approaching film that depicted seductive poses with kinky clothing of the young girls. As soon as the artwork came into spotlight, it received heavy backlash from the audience, over portraying young children at the center of titillation and pornography.
The Parent Television Council (PTC) that reviewed the film prior to its release states, “Although there is a danger that little girls will be attracted to this film, the far greater risk is the way this film normalizes the sexualization of little girls.” PTC program director Melissa Henson said in a statement, “Netflix is desensitizing millions of viewers at home by asking them to be entertained by it.”
French presentation ‘Cuties’ is a coming-to-age dance film that revolves around an 11 year old young Senegalese girl Amy, who belongs to a Muslim family. Amy after befriending an open-mouthed neighbor joins a twirking dance group, as she is of opinion that the road to success and fame is a sexualized lifestyle. Amy defies her family’s traditions as she switches between her Muslim and non-Muslim dancer avatars. The film has been rated “TV-MA” for its language and displays some really bold and inappropriate content.