Controversy Over Netflix Film

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Riley Austin, Editor

Controversy surrounding a new Netflix film, Cuties, has sparked a massive uproar against Netflix. Cuties is a Sundance award winning movie, which is an independent feature film festival.

People have taken to different social media platforms to voice their opinions on this recently released movie. Many state that it justified the rising issue of over sexualizing teenage girls because of the mature nature of this movie as well as the actors being all under the age of 12. Netflix, as well as the main director, Maïmouna Doucouré, have since voiced their support for the movie. Since the movie was released, Netflix has seen a large incline in cancelled subscriptions, due to an extreme amount of viewers outraged by Netflix’s support of this movie.

Before Cuties was even released, there was controversy over the poster. The poster displayed the young actresses posing suggestively and wearing revealing clothing. Netflix later retracted and apologized for both the poster and the content of the film. The content of this film that sparked the original controversy, including the nature of how the topics were addressed.

Although Netflix apologized for the mature nature of this movie, they showed their support for both Doucouré and the movie. 

The company released a statement supporting the movie saying it was  “a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society.” Many disagree, including Senator Ted Cruz. Cruz has since called the Justice Department to look into this movie as well as see if it has violated any laws surrounding children. The basis of which Cruz filed complaints was based on a rumor about nudity, but was not accurate. Disregarding that, a grand juror in Tyler County, Texas declared this  “promotion of lewd visual material depicting a child”. 

Doucouré has fought that statement, declaring that the American people have made their negative opinions before actually watching the movie. She stated that, “It’s a portrait of girls that decries how sexuality is force-fed to them and/or viewed as the only way to foster self-esteem at far too young an age. It is the polar opposite of what it’s accused of being.”