More than 610,000 people have signed a change.org, demanding Netflix members to cancel their membership in protest against the company’s decision to begin September 9.
Despite public outrage, including the #CancelNetflix Twitter trend, the streaming giants stand by the film, recommending that critics watch it before actually condemning it.
A Netflix spokesperson told The Post, “I’m ‘cutis’ a social comment against sexual abuse of young children.” “This is an award-winning film and a powerful story about pressured young girls who thrive on social media and more generally from society – and we would encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the film Does. ”
The film’s writer and director, Moumouna Doukoure – who, like the film’s main character Amy, is Senegal – has spent a year researching the film, interviewing local children in the area about the film’s behavior and motives is.
Nevertheless, many social media users have expressed that they view any portrayal of child sexual abuse as disgusting.
“When you call a film ‘cutis’ and promote it this way: it sexually abuses 11-year-olds,” wrote @ iDavid76. “Shame on you, @Netflix.”
Doucoure said she received harsh criticism online and even received some death threats, which led to Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos calling her directly to apologize.
“I got many attacks from people who hadn’t seen the film, who thought that I was actually making a film that apologized about children’s hypnosis,” he told Deadline. “I also received several death threats.”
Others believe the film has merit but Netflix advertises it poorly. “So … Netflix bought Maïmouna Doucouré’s MIGNONNES, gave it a misleading poster and synopsis, and now people are reviewing it on IMDb and Google with unseen vision and petitioning to remove it?” Tweeted Vulture film critic Alison Willmore.
Film critic Richard Brody argued in The New Yorker that the haters missed the point of the film altogether, which actually criticized the structures that lead to child sexualization.
“The topic of ‘cuties’ is not jerking; it’s children, especially poor and non-deserving children, who are deprived of resources – education, emotional support, family discussion – to put sexual media and pop culture in perspective.” He wrote, noting that he suspects many “scandal-mongers” have actually seen the film they are so passionately against.
“Cuties” does not celebrate sexual behavior with children, he argued, but rather “it pretends the difficulties of women growing up in a sexual and commercial media culture.”