The American production company Netflix was accused on Sept. 23 by a grand jury in Taylor County, Texas, of promoting obscene visual material of underage girls in the film “Cuties,” the New York Post reported.
Representative Matt Schaefer published the news showing a copy of the ruling.
Netflix, Inc. indicted by grand jury in Tyler Co., Tx for promoting material in Cuties film which depicts lewd exhibition of pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 yrs of age which appeals to the prurient interest in sex #Cuties #txlege pic.twitter.com/UJ1hY8XJ2l
— Matt Schaefer (@RepMattSchaefer) October 6, 2020
The film, whose original version is in French, presents the story of an 11-year-old Muslim girl who lives in Paris and joins a group of dancers at school. The story repeatedly presents images of the girls moving sensually with shots focused on their butts and sometimes in the pubic area.
The ruling states that the company “knowingly promotes visual material, which depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age at the time the visual material was created, which appeals to the prurient in sex, and has no serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.”
Its launch attracted criticism from the international community for exploiting and sexualizing minors and it soon reached the ears of legislators in Washington, D.C.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wrote a letter last month to Attorney General William Barr reporting, “The video streaming service and content-producer Netflix is currently hosting a film titled ‘Cuties’ that sexualizes young girls, including through dance scenes that simulate sexual activities and a scene exposing a minor’s bare breast.”
Cruz urged in his letter that the attorney general “to investigate the production and distribution of this film to determine whether Netflix, its executives, or the individuals involved in the filming and production of ‘Cuties’ violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography.”
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) was righteous in her opinion of the film and called on her followers to cancel Netflix.
.@netflix child porn "Cuties" will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade. 1 in 4 victims of trafficking are children. It happened to my friend's 13 year old daughter. Netflix, you are now complicit. #CancelNetflix pic.twitter.com/GI8KFH7LFq
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) September 12, 2020
This is not the first time that Netflix has been involved in what some call the attempt to normalize pedophilia. In June 2018, according to a report in the British Daily Mail, JP Media, a conservative media outlet, reported Netflix to the FBI for the Argentine film “desearás” (you’ll wish), which shows a scene of a minor engaged in a sexual act.
According to U.S. Department of Justice guidelines, a photo of a naked child can constitute illegal child pornography if it is sufficiently sexually suggestive. In addition, the age of consent for sexual activity in a given state is irrelevant; any depiction of a child under 18 engaging in sexually explicit conduct is illegal.
Will you now cancel Netflix?