#CancelNetflix is trending on social media this week following the promotion and release of a French coming-of-age film, “Cuties.”
Prior to its September 9th release on the streaming platform, “Cuties” was being promoted in the U.S. with the following teaser synopsis:
“Amy, 11, becomes fascinated with a twerking dance crew. Hoping to join them, she starts to explore her femininity, defying her family’s traditions.”
The description, which has since been removed by Netflix, was accompanied by a movie poster that hyper-sexualized the film’s young cast.
Because sexualizing women in today’s culture enough, now we have to feed the appetites of pedophiles by using 11-year-old girls, twerking in spanks to grow our audiences?
It’s also important to note that the poster used to promote the movie to U.S. audiences is drastically different from the one used for international audiences:
Needless to say, people across the internet are OUTRAGED.
Following the film teaser released in August, several Change.org petitions were launched in opposition of the film. In the first week, over 40,000 people signed this petition, which was created by Allison Mitchell. Now, that number is nearly 600,000 and rapidly climbing.
“This movie/show is disgusting as it sexualizes an ELEVEN year old for the viewing pleasure of pedophiles and also negatively influences our children,” reads the description. “There is no need for this kind of content in that age group, especially when sex trafficking and pedophilia are so rampant! There is no excuse, this is dangerous content!”
Allison has since decided to redirect all signatures to the FBI and the child exploitation unit.
“I have found many shows and movies on Netflix to have similar inappropriate behaviors as Cuties, the movie this petition was originally based off,” she writes. “ From Cuties to Big Mouth to other movies mocking religions and exploiting children Netflix is no longer the family friendly streaming service I one believed it to be!”
Swift’s petition has received nearly 650,000 signatures in the last month.
Netflix has since updated the promo image and description of the film, and released an apology for the ill-thought-out promotion.
We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties. It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description.
— Netflix (@netflix) August 20, 2020
The description no longer mentions twerking, and instead describes the movie as a story of an 11-year-old girl who rebels against her family after meeting a “free spirited dance crew.”
But now that “Cuties” has drawn worldwide attention thanks to Netflix’s horrendous marketing efforts, the child exploitation continues, because the film is still available on the platform. And people are calling on Netflix to remove the film.
Netflix what you are doing is called grooming. https://t.co/gUxXdOykxu
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) August 20, 2020
Hi @netflix, from a customer and former ADA in SFDA’a Child Abuse-Sexual Assault Unit: “Cuties” hypersexualizes girls my daughter’s age no doubt to the delight of pedophiles like the ones I prosecuted. Cancel this, apologize, work with experts to heal your harm. #CancelNetflix
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) September 10, 2020
Now remove the film. https://t.co/yjuoDHsrnw
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 20, 2020
We shouldn’t be afraid to call “Cuties” what it is. It is Child Pornography.
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) September 13, 2020
As previously mentioned on For Every Mom, we know that pedophiles prey on children. Not only does the film’s U.S. trailer feature several scenes of the young girls wearing revealing clothing, but it explicitly shows the girls in compromising positions that go far beyond twerking.
One that stopped me dead in my tracks was a scene of the girls piling on top of each other, laughing.
YouTube is a breeding ground for pedophiles who use time stamps on scenes exactly like this one, to communicate to each other various points in the video where little girls are in “sexually implicit” positions.
I find it no surprise that “Cuties” is currently Number 8 in the U.S. today on Netflix. And because the streaming giant seems to have no plans of acting in response to the millions of signatures petitioning this content and others like it, people are making the choice on their own to #CancelNetflix.
Your response defies reason and insults the intelligence of your subscribers, @netflix.
The artwork is a depiction of the entire film, which encourages pre-pubescent girls to explore their “sexuality” and act in sexual ways. The FILM is pedophilia soft-porn. @netflix https://t.co/fbNDVQBKZQ
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) August 20, 2020