Netflix is being criticized for promoting a film, “Cuties,” which will be released on the platform on Sept. 9, and is accused of sexualizing 11-year-old girls. An online petition to have it removed carries tens of thousands of signatures.
Last Wednesday Netflix announced the release of “Cuties” (Mignonnes, original title), a French film, through its platform. However, the poster and description that accompanied the announcement caused so much controversy, that worldwide the hashtag #NetflixPedofilia began to hover over Twitter.
Netflix’s official Twitter account published on Wednesday the arrival of the controversial film: “CUTIES—a coming-of-age tale from Maïmouna Doucouré (@My_moon_a) and Sundance winner from earlier this year—is coming to Netflix on 9 September!”
More outrage was generated when the film’s poster was released. The poster shows the 11-year-old main character and a co-star doing twerking (a type of dance with erotic movements).
The video broadcast platform faced an unanticipated reaction from a large part of the audience for promoting a film accused of sexualizing children because of its adult tone.
The criticism began with an endless list of messages on Twitter from users accusing the platform of promoting pedophilia, homosexuality, and loss of values.
Then an online petition was launched requesting the removal of the film from the platform, which to date has more than 200,000 signatures.
The petition is accompanied by a text that says: “This movie/show is disgusting as it sexualizes an ELEVEN year old for the viewing pleasure of pedophiles and also negatively influences our children! There is no need for this kind of content in that age group, especially when sex trafficking and pedophilia are so rampant!”
In response to recent accusations, a Netflix representative told Fox Business in a statement, “We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties. (…) It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film, which premiered at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description.”
Beyond the apologies, the platform still has an announcement that the film will be available for playback from September 9.
This is not the first time that Netflix has faced a controversy over the issue of child sexualization. According to Neon Nettle, in 2018, the broadcast site’s actions plummeted amid accusations that it was transmitting child pornography.
Netflix was criticized for broadcasting the erotic thriller “Desire,” which many claimed contained child pornography. The lawsuits had an adverse effect on the company, as it is estimated that it lost nearly half a million subscribers as a result.