Netflix gets charged for the sexualisation of minors for the film ‘Cuties’

The French film ‘Cuties’ has received a lot of backlash since its release in September. It even trended on social media with the hashtag #CancelNetflix. Parents across the world were outraged by the movie and demanded that it be removed from the streaming service as it objectifies young girls.

The film received several scathing reviews across the world’s media. The Mirror’s Darren Lewis wrote: “As parents it is tough enough to protect our children from the plummeting standards on TV as it is, without the filth that is ­Netflix film Cuties. Scantily-clad pre-teen kids writhing around as though they are lap dancers. Inappropriate dance routines from children under the guise of using ­‘uncomfortable images to provoke a serious ­conversation about the ­sexualisation of girls’.”

Netflix received an indictment from a Tyler County Grand Jury in Texas on 23 September for promotion of lewd visual material depicting a child, and the summons was served on the corporation on 1 October.

The Tyler County District Attorney’s Office released a statement early this morning on the indictment. “After hearing about the movie Cuties and watching it, I knew there was probable cause to believe it was criminal under Section 43.262 of The Texas Penal Code. The legislators of this state believe promoting certain lewd material of children has destructive consequences. If such material is distributed on a grand scale, isn’t the need to prosecute more, not less?”

A spokesperson for Netflix told Fox News yesterday that: “Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. This charge is without merit and we stand by the film.”

What we think about the movie

Parenty contributor and girl mom Karabo Mokoena decided to watch the movie herself after it received such bad criticism on social media last month. You can read her full review of the movie here.

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