The U.S. Department of Justice recently received a request from two Republican legislators to file charges against entertainment company Netflix after it launched its controversial production “Cuties,” which has received numerous complaints for content that sexualizes children.
The complaint was filed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.). “There’s no excuse for the sexualization of children, and Netflix’s decision to promote the film ‘Cuties’ is disgusting at best and a serious crime at worst,” Cotton said in a statement to the Daily Caller.
“I urge the Department of Justice to take action against Netflix for their role in pushing explicit depictions of children into American homes,” the Cotton added.
Banks said the Justice Department should be preparing charges against Netflix for “child pornography.”
“As a father of young daughters, I find it sickening. Not only is this movie fodder for pedophiles, it encourages very young girls to defy their parents’ wishes and share pornographic images of themselves with strangers. Our culture has come a long way in recent years, recognizing the power of television, movies, and magazines to affect young girls,” Banks said.
Democratic Representative for Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (R-Hawaii) on Friday, Sept.11, also condemned the online video platform, saying the company was encouraging child trafficking after the film was released.
“Cuties” tells the story of an 11-year-old girl who rebels against her own conservative, traditional family to start a relationship with a group of young people whose stage design and arrangement of actors is clearly sexualized.
The film received numerous reviews on the review site Rotten Tomatoes and on Twitter the hashtag #CancelNtflix became a trend.
Netflix issued a statement last Thursday highlighting the film’s history as “powerful,” arguing that it is a social critique that attacks the sexualization of minors.
“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,” a Netflix representative told Daily Caller.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, the film not only takes close-ups of the girls’ intimate parts but also links them to pornography and places them in discussions about sexual acts.
Maïmouna Doucouré, the film’s director, said she hoped the film would make a big change in this world that hypersexualizes children,” and that the Netflix posters were “not representative of the film and especially its message,” reported Daily Signal.