Hamza Ali Abbasi cancels Netflix subscription for releasing controversial film Cuties

Lawrence Kim
September 16, 2020

Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) called Cuties "child porn" on Twitter, claiming the film would "will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles [and] help fuel the child sex trafficking trade".

Yost and the AGs of Louisiana, Texas, and Florida are the latest politicians to condemn the movie, whose plot centers on an 11-year-old Senegalese immigrant in France who joins a twerking-heavy dance troupe. The film won an award for best directing at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

The film reportedly does feature young girls in the crew performing indelicate dance moves.

A petition demanding that the Maïmouna Doucouré-directed film be removed from Netflix, and the streaming platform be charged with "Distribution of Inappropriate Child Material", gained 626,689 signatures as of press time. The viewing public and several prominent celebrities had a severe negative reaction to the poster for the movie and several clips that were circulating, showing girls dressed in very revealing clothes and dancing in a sexually suggestive manner.

The film's creators, however, say the film is meant to be a critique of the sexualization of pre-teen girls. Subscribers should watch the film before criticizing it, Netflix further suggested, as if one needed to observe child pornography in order to determine that it is indeed exploitative and immoral. Ted Cruz wrote in his letter to Attorney General Bill Barr on Friday.

"These scenes in and of themselves are harmful". "It's an award-winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up - and we'd encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie".

According to the conservative American advocacy group the Parents Television Council, which said it reviewed the film, "Cuties" is objectionable because of its overt sexualization of the child characters.

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