Dubious French film “Cuties” — about a youthful Senegalese young
girl in Paris who joins a “free-energetic move inner circle” to get away from family brokenness — has produced another reaction against Netflix by pundits who claim it goes over the line in depicting youngsters in a sexualized way.
The hashtag “#CancelNetflix” was the No. 1 drifting subject on Twitter in the U.S. Thursday, after “Cuties” debuted Sept. 9 on Netflix.
A request on Change.org approaching Netflix clients to drop their memberships over “Cuties” and other substance on the web-based feature “that abuses youngsters and makes an upsetting vibe,” right now has about 600,000 underwriters.
Many are accusing Netflix of angling promotional materials to be about the cast’s sexuality more than the movie’s actual plot.
“Eleven-year-old Amy starts to rebel against her conservative family’s traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew,” reads the film’s current Netflix description.
The original summary, however, was reportedly much more salacious, reading, “Amy, 11, becomes fascinated with a twerking dance crew. Hoping to join them, she starts to explore her femininity, defying her family’s traditions.”
As of this writing, over 598,000 people have signed a Change.org petition titled “Cancel Netflix subscription,” accusing the film of exploiting children, showing underage girls “dressed provocatively, dancing sexually” and is rated “only for adult viewers.”
The movie, which also goes by “Mignonnes,” was written and directed by Maïmouna Doucouré, who, like main character Amy, is French, with parents born in Senegal. Doucouré was inspired to create the film after attending an amateur talent show in Paris.
“There were these girls on stage dressed in a really sexy fashion in short, transparent clothes,” the first-time director told ScreenDaily. “They danced in a very sexually suggestive manner. There also happened to be a number of African mothers in the audience. I was transfixed, watching with a mixture of shock and admiration. I asked myself if these young girls understood what they were doing.”