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Trigger Warning: Pedophilia
Netflix’s new movie “Cuties” drew backlash on social media after netizens found it “absolutely disgusting” for “sexualizing young girls.”
The 2020 French coming-of-age comedy-drama film is about an 11-year-old who defies her Muslim family tradition by joining a “free-spirited” dance crew called “Cuties.”
Netizens found the movie poster, which shows young girls twerking, and some scenes in the trailer “inappropriate.” Some even tagged it a “predatory film” which enables pedophilia.
“If you watch this 11 year old children twerk, you’re a pervert. If you let those kids to touch themselves in front of the camera, you’re a pedophile. We can't let those children being sexualized for the sake of entertainment. It's disgusting!” Twitter netizen @JaneLedesma8 wrote.
Another Twitter netizen @Marcock09 wrote, “No, it's not a fucking coming-of-age film, it's softcore child porn you daft monkies. It shows minors erotically dancing and doing sexual gestures. This is as much of a good movie as Hitler was a good person. Anyone who supports this movie or like it is a pedophile #CancelNetflix.”
“Apparently it makes you rightwing when you are against the hypersexualisation of children, which promotes paedophilia. If that is the case, then I am okay for being labelled rightwing. Paedophilia should never be normalised!,” @_etatxoria_ wrote.
Moreover, Netizens are also sharing screenshots showing confirmations that they have unsubscribed to the streaming giant.
In addition to the trending hashtag on Twitter netizens also made a change.org petition for Netflix to cancel their subscriptions, in light of the controversial movie being added to its library of content.
The petition has garnered 603,396 signs as of writing.
The movie was written and directed by Maïmouna Doucouré. She previously revealed that she had received death threats following the release of the movie’s controversial poster.
“I received numerous attacks on my character from people who had not seen the film, who thought I was actually making a film that was apologetic about hypersexualization of children,” she told Deadline. “I also received numerous death threats.”