A backlash is ensuing over a French film called “Cuties” currently being streamed on Netflix because of content many say sexualizes 11-year-old girls and promotes the normalization of pedophilia.
The film, which faced controversy earlier this year when Netflix advertised it with a poster showing a group of young girls posing suggestively in skimpy dance outfits, has generated further outrage now that the movie can be viewed in its entirety. Clips of the film of the girls gyrating provocatively, which feature close-up camera shots of their scantily-clad bodies, have gone viral on social media.
Many Twitter users likened it to child porn and said they would no longer subscribe to the online streaming service and urged others to do likewise, accompanied by a #cancelnetflix hashtag, which was the top trending topic on the social media utility Thursday.
Defenders of the film in mainstream media outlets asserted that those complaining about the film missed the larger point, that the overall message of the movie actually makes a case against the sexualization of children. But the backlash has highlighted a disconnect between film critics and much of the mainstream media who praised the movie and the masses who were repulsed by it — an online petition has garnered hundreds of thousands of signatures urging people to cancel Netflix and criticizing the film.
The filmmaker, Maïmouna Doucouré, is a French-Senegalese director and screenwriter. The film won the short film international fiction jury award at the Sundance film festival in 2016.
Aja Romano, who is on the culture staff at Vox, said Thursday that she considered the movie “a wonderful, poignant, challenging and nuanced coming-of-age film, smartly crafted by a wonderful director” and dismissed the controversy around it as “propaganda fueled by QAnon types and anti-Semites.”
“I’m frankly delighted by a bunch of bigots settling in with pitchforks to flame the pedophile movie and discovering this lovely subtle story about girls battling fraught gender roles,” she added.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter