Netflix CEO Defends Controversial Show 'Cuties,' Hits Back At The Criminal Charges
Netflix's recent marketing of a French movie 'Cuties' has faced serious backlash globally for sexualizing young girls in the wrong light and showing immoral content. The movie sparked controversy and the hashtag "#CancelNetflix" soon began trending on Twitter, and several Change.org petitions were launched which demanded that Netflix remove the film from its library. However, Netflix CEO hits back at criminal charges and claims that the movie has nothing wrong with it and the content was well received in Europe.
Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos has hit back at the criminal charges over its French movie 'Cuties.'
The controversy sparked earlier this year when the movie (about a pre-teen girl who joins an all-girl dance troupe) prompted outrage on social media for what many perceived to be its sexualization of minors.
Netflix's official synopsis reads:
"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 movie was quite famous in Europe and received positive from many and even bagged 2019 Sundance movie festival, and also won Doucouré the Jury Award for Directing (World Cinema Dramatic).
It is, however, to be pointed out that the European and American promotional materials for the movie are completely different.
Regardless, the hashtag "#CancelNetflix" soon began trending on Twitter, and several Change.org petitions were launched which demanded that Netflix remove the film from its library.
Following the heavy criticism, Netflix later had to apologize for their actions. In a statement posted on the corporation's official Twitter account, a spokesperson wrote:
"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."
On the other hand, however the CEO of Netflix defended the movie, stating:
"The film speaks for itself. It’s a very personal coming of age film, it’s the director’s story and the film has obviously played very well at Sundance without any of this controversy and played in theaters throughout Europe without any of this controversy."
Meanwhile, a Netflix spokesperson recently told Variety:
"Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. 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."
A few days back, state lawmaker Matt Schaefer announced on Twitter that the streaming service had been indicted by a grand jury in Tyler County in Texas, and charged with:
"Promoting material in Cuties film which depicts lewd exhibition of pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 yrs of age which appeals to the prurient interest in sex [sic]."