The controversial Netflix movie “Cuties” led the hashtag #CancelNetflix to be trending on social media Thursday, but CNN chose not to ask the streaming giant’s CEO when it got the chance.
“Cuties” focuses on a group of 11-year-old girls forming a twerking dance group, much to the chagrin of one character’s very conservative Senegalese family.
Netflix had already apologized after the French film’s poster showed the cast of minors posing sexually. Now, there are renewed criticisms of the film, which premiered at Sundance.
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After a video came out showing a dance scene from the film, highlighting the provocative dance moves of underage girls, many critics immediately took to social media asking people to cancel Netflix on the film’s content.
Grabien Media founder Tom Elliot noted that CNN’s Poppy Harlow got a 10-minute interview with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on Thursday, but didn’t bother asking about the controversial film.
Instead, Harlow asked Hastings about his marriage, Netflix withdrew an episode of “Patriot Act” from the streaming service in Saudi Arabia, diversity in the company, investments in black-owned businesses, work from home between the coronavirus and his new book.
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Meanwhile, a Change.org petition has collected more than 598,700 signatures asking people to cancel their Netflix subscriptions in light of the addition of “Cuties” to its content library.
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The backlash against “Cuties” began last month when Netflix began promoting its US release at the same time the movie premiered overseas. The streaming giant’s US promotional poster showed four pre-teen girls performing dance poses that led to more than 20,000 people signing a petition asking Netflix to remove the film.
Several shocked Twitter users deemed the poster “revealing” and claimed it was guilty of “explicit sexualization” of the girls, who reportedly portray 11 years in the film. The pile-on led to the film receiving a bad rap despite Netflix apologizing to confirm that it wasn’t representative of the film’s message.
“We are deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork we used for Mignonnes / Cuties,” a Netflix spokesperson told FOX Business at the time. “It didn’t fit, nor was it representative of this French film, which premiered at Sundance. We’ve now updated the images and description.”