Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Monday, Sept. 14, hit out at former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden, who is now Democratic presidential nominee, as they stay silent on the highly controversial movie “Cuties” amid outrage that it sexualizes young girls.
Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama announced in 2018 they had entered a multiyear producing partnership with the online streaming service Netflix.
Netflix faces a boycott with thousands of people launching a call to cancel the network after it started streaming the movie on Sept. 9.
“Why is @BarackObama silent about Netflix distributing a film that sexually exploits 11-yr-old girls?” Cruz asked.
“How many millions of $$ has Netflix paid Obama?”
“Is stopping child exploitation and/or child porn a priority for @JoeBiden?” Cruz continued. “Why is Biden silent too?”
Why is @BarackObama silent about Netflix distributing a film that sexually exploits 11-yr-old girls?
How many millions of $$ has Netflix paid Obama?
Is stopping child exploitation and/or child porn a priority for @JoeBiden
Why is Biden silent too?
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 14, 2020
According to USA Today, the FBI raided the home of Jerry Harris, a Netflix star, for allegedly soliciting sex from minors.
Harris helped boost Biden’s presidential campaign—appearing in a video with Biden earlier this summer—to sway young voters.
“I had the opportunity to speak with Vice President @JoeBiden a few days ago about some really important issues facing our country right now, in particular young adults and the Black community,” Harris wrote on June 12, Fox News reported.
“Check out part of our conversation about voter apathy and why it is so important that we all register to vote.
Together we have the power to make a real change!”
The video has since been removed from Harris’s Instagram.
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) September 15, 2020
Biden and his campaign have not yet commented on either the movie “Cuties” or Harris’s scandal.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) appeared to be the only Democratic lawmaker who spoke out against Netflix.
Other lawmakers condemning the film include Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.).
Gabbard called “Cuties” “child porn” that will “whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade.”
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 12, 2020
Cruz last week called on the Justice Department to investigate Netflix and “Cuties” filmmakers to determine whether they violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography.
“The film routinely fetishizes and sexualizes these pre-adolescent girls as they perform dances simulating sexual conduct in revealing clothing, including at least one scene with partial child nudity,” Cruz wrote in a letter to Attorney General William Barr on Friday.
“These scenes in and of themselves are harmful. And it is likely that the filming of this movie created even more explicit and abusive scenes, and that pedophiles across the world in the future will manipulate and imitate this film in abusive ways,” he added.