CNN’s Brian Stelter failed to ask Netflix CEO Reed Hastings any questions about the controversial “Cuties” film during an interview Sunday, the second time the streaming chief executive was given a free pass by CNN.
“Katis” focuses on a group of 11-year-old girls who form a dancing group, much to a character’s pilgrimage to a very conservative Senegal family. Netflix first apologized after the poster for the French film. In a sexual way. Now, the film has been criticized afresh, which coincides with Hastings, appearing in the media to promote his upcoming book.
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Last week, CNN’s Poppy Harlow gave a 10-minute interview with Hastings, but did not bother to ask about the controversial film despite the hashtag #CancelNetflix trending the same day on social media.
On Sunday, Stelter spoke with Hastings on “Reliable Sources”, but did not bother to ask about “Cuties”.
Stelter took to Twitter, noting the interview defended itself from critics “taped the day before.” (Weirdly, CNN’s on-screen graphic apparently said “live” during the pre-taped interview.)
It is not clear exactly when the interview was taped, but “Cuties” has been in the news for weeks. Back on August 20, Netflix apologized for the poster and a petition to ban the film, launched on the same day, told Fox Business that they were “deeply sorry.”
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Stelter and CNN did not immediately respond to a series of questions, including when the interview was taped and if Stelter felt Harlow should have asked Hastings about the “cuteness” controversy.
A Netflix source told Fox News that there were no conditions for the Stelter interview and it was taped early last week.
The Change.org petition includes more than 647,000 signatures calling for people to cancel their Netflix subscriptions in light of the “Cuties” in the library of their content. Viewers across the political spectrum – from Christine Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, to Ted Cruz – have agreed that the film’s content is inappropriate and should be taken down.
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Fox News ‘Tyler McCarthy and Fox Business’ Avi Fordham contributed to this report.