Have you ever watched something that made you gasp in horror? A recent segment on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News TV show about a new Netflix film called Cuties has awakened the mamma bears in the nation. Cuties isn’t cute; it’s criminal and exploitative of girls 5-11 years old. The clip is reminiscent of footage obtained by undercover journalists of child sex trafficking victims. Is there nothing Hollywood won’t do to make a buck? How can Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, not see the depravity of what his company is promoting?
The backlash Netflix has received on social media is appropriate but solves little. Congress and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ) should investigate not only the production of this film but its marketing and distribution. American mothers should be demanding justice for these little girls.
Netflix’s own actions prove they know they were wrong. After the initial public outrage with the release of its horrible marketing image of four scantily clad minor girls in hyper-sexualized poses, they apologized and changed it to a picture of the main actress by herself.
They also recast their effort to normalize this type of exploitation with an outrageous synopsis that they also amended once it was exposed. It read, “Amy, 11, becomes fascinated with a twerking dance crew. Hoping to join them, she starts to explore her femininity, defying her family’s traditions.”
She is just exploring her femininity, you see. That’s Netflix’s marketing for you. The paragraph reads now, “‘Eleven-year-old Amy starts to rebel against her conservative family’s traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew.” Neither explanation comes close to describing the level of sexual provocation scripted for the children used, and I do mean used, for entertainment. Cuties is the perfect tool for pedophiles to use for grooming young children.
Now they are selling it as a “social commentary against the sexualization of young children.” So let’s be clear, it’s not okay to sexually exploit children to make a film about the sexual exploitation of children.
This is not a matter of taste. We are talking about law and public policy here. I was glad to see Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) showing interest in this question, tweeting, “Maybe @Netflix would like to come talk this over before Congress.” He later sent a letter to Mr. Hastings asking some important questions.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Penny Young Nance