The controversial Netflix film “Cuties” led to the hashtag #CancelNetflix, which aired on social media on Thursday, but CNN decided not to ask the CEO of the streaming giant when given the chance.
“Cuties” focuses on a group of 11-year-old girls who form a twerking dance group, much to the chagrin of a very conservative Senegalese family of one character.
Netflix previously apologized after a poster for the French film showed the underage actor posing in a sexual manner. There is now renewed criticism of the film, which premiered at Sundance.
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Following the release of a video showing a dance scene from the film that drew attention to the provocative dance moves of underage girls, many critics immediately turned to social media asking people to cancel Netflix because of the film’s content.
Grabien Media founder Tom Elliott noticed that CNN’s Poppy Harlow had a 10-minute interview with Netflix CEO Reid Hastings on Thursday, but didn’t bother to ask about the controversial film.
Instead, Harlow asked Hastings about his marriage, Netflix pulled an episode of the Patriot Act from a streaming service in Saudi Arabia, the diversity of the company, investing in black property, working from home among the coronavirus, and his new book.
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Meanwhile, the Change.org petition gathered more than 598,700 signatures calling on people to cancel their Netflix subscriptions in light of the addition of Cuties to its content library.
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The reaction to “Cuties” began last month when Netflix began stepping up promotion for its US release at the same time as the film premiered abroad. The promotional poster of the American streaming giant showed four girls before teenagers, striking dance poses, which led to more than 20,000 people signing a petition asking Netflix to remove the film.
Several shocked Twitter users considered the poster “revealing” and claimed he was guilty of “explicitly sexualizing” the girls, who reportedly portrayed 11-year-olds in the film. The build led to bad rap, although Netflix apologized to confirm that it was not a representative of the film’s release.
“We deeply regret the inappropriate works of art we used for Mignonnes / Cuties,” a Netflix spokesman told FOX Business at the time. “It was not good, nor was it representative of this French film, which premiered in Sundance. We have now updated the photos and description.”