Two other Republican Party legislators have joined the congressmen who have filed legal actions against Netflix’s production called “Cuties,” which has been widely criticized for showing content that sexualizes children.
Ken Buck, a Republican from Colorado, and Andy Biggs, a Republican from Arizona, drafted a letter and addressed it to the Justice Department demanding an investigation into the possible exploitation of children by those involved in the film’s production, Daily Caller reported.
“We write expressing our concerns regarding the potential exploitation of children in Netflix’s recently released film, “Cuties.” We join our Congressional colleagues in urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to open an investigation to ensure the film and its production uphold federal laws protecting children from exploitation,” Buck and Biggs’ letter states.
The film shows the life of Amy, an 11-year-old girl who joins a group of underage dancers at her school who perform choreographic dances with a sexualized connotation.
“Throughout the film, young girls engage in sexually provocative dances, and the film includes at least one scene where a young girl is partially nude. Not only does this raise alarms that these girls may have been exploited in the production of Cuties, but the film also creates an environment where the sexual abuse and exploitation of children by pedophiles is normalized,” the congressmen wrote.
Buck said to Daily Caller, “We as a nation cannot tolerate a film that encourages the exploitation of children like “Cuties” does. The gross objectification and sexualization of the children in the film create an environment that is ripe for exploitation.”
Last week, Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Representative Jim Banks of Indiana asked the Department of Justice to take legal action against Netflix and its film.
“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 Daily Caller.
“While the Constitution vigorously protects the freedoms of speech and expression, content that victimizes minors is not among these protected forms of content,” Cotton added.
Meanwhile, Rep. Banks said, “As a father of young daughters, I find it disgusting. Not only is this film fodder for pedophiles, but 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 girls.
Democratic Representative for Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard on Friday, Sept. 11, condemned the online video platform and said the company encourages child trafficking.
The film accused of promoting pedophilia sparked a spontaneous movement on social networks that led to the hashtag #CancelNetflix going viral.