Texas Sen. Ted Cruz calling for criminal investigation into Netflix film 'Cuties'

Carla Harmon
September 15, 2020

Following the release of 2020 French drama film Cuties, Netflix has been facing severe backlash from audiences and subscribers for inappropriately portraying the sexualisation of 11-year old girls through compromising visuals.

Netflix defended the film as "social commentary against the sexualization of young children".

Following the films September 9th release on Netflix, it was met with outrage and criticis over the dance routines featured in the films. The film debuted on Netflix last week, further fanning the flames of the controversy.

Since the release of 'Cuties, ' detractors have launched a petition on Change.org, vowing to cancel their Netflix accounts.

While many gave Netflix the benefit of the doubt, many were shocked by the film seemingly being worse than originally expected. Social media had split opinions on whether or not the scenes were age-appropriate for the young actors. AdvertisementOn Friday, Sen. Josh Hawley sent a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, demanding that the film be removed from the streaming platform.

"I urge the Department of Justice 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", he wrote.Cruz reiterated that many scenes in the film are harmful to children and urged government action. "Of course not." Doucoure, born and raised in Paris in a Senegalese family, adds, "I put my heart into this film because this is my story".

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost on Monday joined three other state attorneys general in asking Netflix to take down the movie "Cuties", arguing that it sexualizes children in a way that is "counterproductive" in the fight against human trafficking. "It was very important not to judge these girls, but most of all to understand them, to listen to them, to give them a voice, to take into account the complexity of what they're living through in society, and all of that in parallel with their childhood which is always there, their imaginary, their innocence".

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