Netflix’s decision to carry a controversial French film hypersexualizing young girls has prompted a mass exodus – with some 600,000 subscribers vowing to cancel the service over the movie, according to Bloomberg.
The film, Cuties, was picked up by Netflix after it won a Sundance Film Festival award for Dramatic Directing (notably, Sundance Festival co-founder Sterling Van Wagenen was sentenced last year to six years in prison for child sex abuse).
The movie depicts four pre-teen children essentially training to be whores in scenes seemingly tailored for the enjoyment of pedophiles.
In case you believe everyone is just naive and didn’t think this had anything to do with pedophilia: pic.twitter.com/z9IBpup2JV
— (@GhostJim4) September 9, 2020
Reactions to the movie have been both predictable and bizarre – with outraged family-first conservatives calling for Netflix to remove the film, and liberals – who can’t resist arguing against literally anything, defending pedophile culture by calling opposition to the film ‘QAnon propaganda.’
Tulsi going QAnon is the least surprising thing to happen in 2020. https://t.co/9ZriBWrYJH
— Melissa Ryan (@MelissaRyan) September 12, 2020
Unsurprisingly, BuzzFeed, the New Yorker and Vox have similarly defended the film – framing critics as ‘right-wing nuts.’ Even Bloomberg‘s Lucas Shaw seemingly defends the film – writing “Many of the critics don’t care about the point of the movie…”
Netflix defended the film, calling it a “social commentary against sexualization of children.”
Meanwhile, the push to remove ‘Cuties’ has reached Washington D.C. – with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) slamming it the sexualization of children, and calling for the DOJ to investigate the film.
.@netflix’s ‘Cuties’ sexualizes 11-year-old girls, and it’s disgusting and wrong. That’s why I’ve asked AG Barr to investigate whether Netflix, its executives, or the filmmakers violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography. pic.twitter.com/OuhE6ifmGi
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) September 13, 2020
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) asked Netflix to explain why they decided to carry the film.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) September 11, 2020
Controversy over the film caused the hashtag #CancelNetflix to go viral, while according to YipitData, the company’s domestic churn peaked at all-time highs on Saturday as a flood of subscribers canceled their service.
— Mr. Ric. (@mrrick1938) September 11, 2020
.@Netflix‘s decision to air “Cuties” is abhorrent. I applaud those who made #CancelNetflix trend & the 623,000+ who signed @Change‘s petition to cancel subscriptions. That could mean millions of dollars lost to Netflix—I’m just not sure they’re listening. https://t.co/0RhD9067c8
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) September 12, 2020
Disturbingly, Cuties is #7 on Netflix’s list of the top 10 programs in the United States today.
What’s next, murdering puppies?
New Netflix Movie Actually Murders Puppies To Teach That Murdering Puppies Is Bad https://t.co/wQSQjTDsdB
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) September 14, 2020