Netflix is under fire over the new film “Cuties” for sexualizing children.
There are scenes with young girls wearing minimal clothing and making sexually suggestive dance moves.
Following the release of the film, the hashtag #CancelNetflix was trending and an uptick of cancellations ensued.
On Saturday, Sept. 12, Netflix’s cancellation rate in the U.S. jumped to nearly eight times higher than the average daily levels recorded in August 2020 — reaching a multiyear high, the data-analytics provider told Variety.
There is bi-partisan backlash against Netflix.
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) called for a Justice Department investigation and Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) was highly critical of Netflix, calling the film “child porn” on social media.
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) September 12, 2020
.@netflix child porn "Cuties" will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade. 1 in 4 victims of trafficking are children. It happened to my friend's 13 year old daughter. Netflix, you are now complicit. #CancelNetflix pic.twitter.com/GI8KFH7LFq
— Tulsi Gabbard ? (@TulsiGabbard) September 12, 2020
High profile Democrats linked to Netflix remain silent about the backlash over “Cuties.”
Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama inked a lucrative multi-year deal for online streaming content with Netflix and are silent over the film itself and the backlash.
The Daily Mail reports:
Neither couple has spoken about the controversial movie as of Sunday. And that has sparked criticism online.
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice is on Netflix’s board of directors and could use her influence over the film’s controversy but is also silent on the matter.
Netflix defended the film and encouraged its critics “to watch it.”
Netflix has defended “Cuties,” written and directed by award-winning French filmmaker Maïmouna Doucouré, arguing that it is a “social commentary” that makes the case about the dangers of sexualized imagery of young girls. The streamer has urged those who have denounced the film to watch it.
Netflix’s critics weighed in on social media.
I cancelled Netflix.
I cancelled the NFL, NBA, and MLB.
I cancelled the Mainstream Media.
I cancelled Hollywood.
And on November 3rd, I will cancel Communism by voting for President Donald J Trump's re-election.
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) September 15, 2020
Sorry, Cuties. pic.twitter.com/Q1Z7ULGBPM
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) September 12, 2020
It’s outrageous for Netflix to exploit the sexualization of children and their defense of this film is laughable – for the company it comes down to making money.