A French film, “Cuties” faces backlash following its premiere on Netflix yesterday (Sept.9).
Netflix acquired the film after its Sundance premiere. It follows the life of a young Senegalese girl in Paris after she joins a “free-spirited dance clique” to escape the dysfunction of her family.
The hashtag, #CancelNetflix” started trending on Twitter after critics say it crosses the line and portrays children in a sexualized manner.
“Cuties” first made headlines back in August after a promotional poster showed young cast members in revealing costumes, posing provocatively. According to Variety, Netflix, at the time, apologized for the image in a statement that read, “We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that was used for ‘Cuties.’” “It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which premiered at Sundance,” explained the streaming platform, “we’ve now updated the pictures and description.”
Currently, the Netflix description of the film reads, “Eleven-year-old Amy starts to rebel against her conservative family’s traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew.” In the previous description, it read, “Amy, 11, becomes fascinated with a twerking dance crew. Hoping to join them, she starts to explore her feminity, defying her family’s traditions.”
Watch the clip below and tell us, did Netflix take it too far and what do you think their next steps should be?
— b3_cc8 (@b3_cc8) September 10, 2020