In America, apparently it’s fine to see 8-10-year-old girls performing strip tease moves… or at least is is for democrats and Netflix.
The new ‘movie’ Cuties features disgusting soft core, child pornography, in what I can only assume is a means for normalizing this sort of evil, vile activity for the next generation.
Media film critics are praising the controversial tween-twerking movie Cuties as “extraordinary” and “inspired” while playing defense for Netflix against attacks from so-called “scandal-mongers on the right” who have condemned the movie’s highly sexualized depiction of underage girls.
Cuties (Mignonnes), which debuted Thursday on Netflix, tells the story of an 11-year-old girl growing up in France, who attempts to escape the oppressive atmosphere of her Senegalese Muslim family by joining a twerking troupe. The movie features an extended sequence in which the underage girls perform a raunchy dance number, complete with pelvic gyrations and suggestive touching.
The sequence prompted the hashtag #CancelNetflix to trend on Twitter Thursday, with calls for people to cancel their subscriptions. Last month, the movie’s marketing campaign stirred a backlash after the trailer and poster released by Netflix focused heavily on the scene in question.
Critics are arguing that the movie’s sexually charged portrayal of tween girls is actually an artistic commentary thereof — and that right-wing naysayers are missing the point. But as Breitbart News’ John Nolte wrote in his review, “Cuties is not an indictment of the sexualization of children. Cuties sexualizes children,” and portrays twerking as a “path to enlightenment and growth.”
The New Yorker’s Richard Brody gave Cuties a rave review, calling it an “extraordinary Netflix debut” for French filmmaker Maïmouna Doucouré. He also dismissed the “scurrilous campaign” from the right, which he claims has failed to grasp the true meaning of the movie. “The subject of Cuties isn’t twerking,” he wrote. “It’s children, especially poor and nonwhite children, who are deprived of the resources — the education, the emotional support, the open family discussion — to put sexualized media and pop culture into perspective.”
In a deleted tweet, the New Yorker referred to those condemning Cuties as “scandal-mongers on the right.”
RogerEbert.com critic Monica Castillo gave the movie four stars, arguing that its “uncomfortable images” are meant to “provoke a serious conversation about the sexualization of girls.” She also defended the film against those who object to its questionable scenes. “The film actively critiques the very thing pearl-clutchers were mad about — the sexualization of children,” she wrote.
Los Angeles Times critic Justin Chang praised the movie’s “inspired” contrasts between the “sacred and the secular,” adding that the director has made an “empathetic and analytical movie, not an exploitative one.” He also dissed those who have condemned the movie, referring to them as “putative grownups” who “can never be bothered to do the hard work of looking at something, let alone learning from it.”
Mashable critic Angie Han defended the movie’s sexualized depiction of underage girls. “It’s upsetting, and it’s supposed to be — because the whole point of Cuties is how damn hard it can be for girls to navigate womanhood in a society that’s all too eager to tell girls and women what they should be, and not at all interested in what they might be or want to be.”
Neither the Obamas or Susan Rice condemned the film.
Neither Barack and Michelle Obama nor their former National Security Adviser Susan Rice have weighed in on the firestorm surrounding Cuties, a French coming-of-age drama that is the subject of widespread criticism for its blatant sexualization of pre-pubescent children.
Both the Obamas and Rice are closely connected to the company, with the former president and first lady currently in the middle of a “multi-year agreement” signed back in May 2018 to help produce films and series for the platform. Rice, meanwhile, was appointed to the Netflix board that same year.
The film has provoked outrage among the wider population, with its YouTube trailer attracting an incredible 1.6 million dislikes compared to just 39,000 thumbs up. Meanwhile, around 600,000 people have signed a petition pledging to cancel their Netflix subscription because of the film, while the hashtag #CancelNetflix trended on Twitter on Thursday.
“As I have been researching content that exploits children and creates a disturbing vibe, I have found many shows and movies on Netflix to have similar inappropriate behaviors as Cuties, the movie this petition was originally based off,” the latest petition states. “From cuties to Big Mouth to other movies mocking religions and exploiting children Netflix is no longer the family-friendly streaming service I once believed it to be!”
Netflix has so far refused to condemn any aspect of the film’s content. However, they did issue an apology last month for a promotional image that showed girls posing in skimpy outfits.
We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties. It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description.
— Netflix (@netflix) August 20, 2020
Opposing pedophilia is officially a right wing position. pic.twitter.com/cwD1sKIDtm
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) September 10, 2020