11 September 2020 02:30
Controversial French film "Cuties" — about a young Senegalese girl in Paris who joins a "free-spirited dance clique" to escape family dysfunction — has spawned a new backlash against Netflix by critics who allege it goes over the line in portraying children in a sexualized manner. A petition on Change.org calling on Netflix customers to cancel their subscriptions over "Cuties" and other content on the streaming service "that exploits children and creates a disturbing vibe," currently has nearly 600,000 signers. Mary Margaret Olohan, a reporter for conservative publication the Daily Caller, early Thursday tweeted a video clip of the girls in the film dancing suggestively and twerking, commenting, "Netflix is comfortable with this. "By removing the offensive poster and replacing it with a more innocuous one, Netflix might actually have made the situation worse by suggesting that 'Cuties' is nothing more than a cute, coming-of-age movie," Melissa Henson, program director for the PTC, said in a statement. The "Cuties" description on Netflix currently reads, "Eleven-year-old Amy starts to rebel against her conservative family's traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew." Previously, the description read, "Amy, 11, becomes fascinated with a twerking dance crew.
People have started cancelling their Netflix subscriptions over the controversial French film Cuties, which has been accused of 'sexualising' young girls. Cuties, directed by Maïmouna Doucouré and titled Mignonnes in France, follows an 11-year-old Muslim immigrant named Amy, who becomes obsessed with a dance troupe before secretly joining herself. Sharing his gripe with the film, one Twitter user said: 'The thing that is sad is, I get everything is politics on Twitter, but f**k can we all not agree that 11-year-old girls gyrating, touching themselves in sexual dances and being sexualized is abhorrent? MORE: Cuties director received death threats after Netflix poster was accused of 'sexualising young girls' MORE: Tessa Thompson defends French movie Cuties over controversial Netflix backlash: 'It's a beautiful film' Furious viewers continued to mount a cancel Netflix campaign Thursday as the controversial French film 'Cuties' hit the streaming service. Backlash against the movie erupted in August when Netflix debuted a trailer and poster prompting outrage from social media users who were left horrified by the 'sexualized' portrayal of its young stars.
Cuties, tells the story of an 11-year-old Senegalese Muslim girl named Amy, pictured front 'We're deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Cuties,' a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement at the time. Maïmouna Doucouré, the director of upcoming Netflix movie Cuties, revealed she was sent death threats after a poster for the movie was slammed for 'sexualizing' minors Netflix has changed the synopsis for the movie now reading: 'Eleven-year-old Amy starts to rebel against her conservative family's traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew.' Some Netflix users have voiced their disgust over the platform's latest film offering - saying it "sexualises children". The 'Cancel Netflix' hashtag became the UK's top Twitter trend on Thursday (September 10) - after hundreds of thousands of people took to social media to voice their outrage about the film. It tells the story of an 11-year-old girl who joins a dance group, and explores the idea of young girls imitating sexualised imagery without understanding what it means and how dangerous this can be. After the initial backlash, Netflix apologised for the promotional poster for the film -which depicted a dance troupe of young girls in skimpy clothing and grown up poses.