Published: Tue, September 15, 2020

Erin O'Toole calls out Netflix over disturbing 'Cuties' movie

Erin O'Toole calls out Netflix over disturbing 'Cuties' movie

The coming-of-age French film "Cuties" is drawing strong opposition from a growing number of Capitol Hill lawmakers who are demanding investigations into Netflix, the movie's USA distributor. AdvertisementOn Friday, Sen. Josh Hawley sent a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, demanding that the film be removed from the streaming platform.

Supporters of "Cuties" say critics' narrative about the film is inaccurate or distorted, noting that many prominent detractors haven't actually seen it.

Naysayers feel the film oversexualized young girls, highlighting that the film and imagery show the girls using profanities, posing sexually, and acting out mature scenes. Since its release on the site, it has become the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter in the US with the hashtag #CancelNetflix and has prompted a petition on, calling for Netflix customers to cancel their subscription.

Director Maimouna Doucoure said that the idea for the film came to her after she attended a neighbourhood gathering in Paris, where she saw a group of 11-year-olds performing a "very sexual, very sensual" dance. It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film, which premiered at Sundance. "On Twitter, "#CancelNetflix" was a top-trending topic Thursday in response to the film. Ted Cruz has fired off a letter to Attorney General William Barr asking the Department of Justice to investigate Netflix for its distribution of the French film "Cuties", which he termed 'chid pornography'.

"Her opposition to oversexualizing children was echoed by a Netflix spokesperson, cited by The Daily Mail, who noted that "'Cuties' is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children". The film was released in the United States on September 9.

A letter that nearly certainly proves that Cruz has not actually seen the film.

Centered around 11-year-old Amy, a Senegalese Muslim who explores life away from her traditional upbringing by performing with a girls' dance crew, the Maïmouna Doucouré-directed film has received rave reviews from film critics but was trashed on social media when its U.S. promotional poster was released this past August.

The rumour claims that there is a scene in the film that features a topless preteen.

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