The film ‘Cuties’ has met with increasing resistance in Washington

  • The French film “Cutis” is registering strong opposition to the increasing number of Capitol Hill MPs seeking a Netflix investigation.
  • A controversial film poster promoting the film in the US was pulled and replaced with another image. The film was released on 9 September in the US.
  • The film’s release has been mostly opposed by political conservatives including Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, along with Democratic Tulsi Gabbard.
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The coming-of-age French film “Cutis” is registering strong opposition to a growing number of Capitol Hill MPs seeking a probe into the film’s US distributor Netflix.

Centered around 11-year-old Amy, a Senegalese Muslim who discovers a life away from her traditional upbringing by performing with a girls dance troupe, the Mamoon Doukoure-directed film has received rave reviews from film critics, but social It was ravaged on the media when its US promotional poster was released last August.

The poster, which featured four young girls in provocative attire, was pulled and replaced with a different image, with Netflix issuing an apology, but the controversy surrounding the film only to be released on September 9 Has become more intense after.

On Friday, Sen. Josh Hawley sent a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, demanding the film be removed from the streaming platform.

“Netflix is ​​airing a movie cuties Hawley (Missouri Republican) Hawley said that children were depicted as engaging in fake sexual acts, both onscreen and off-camera. Your decision to do so raises major questions of child safety and exploitation, including the practice of molestation and the possibility of exploitation. Child artist. ”

Hawley then issued a September 18 deadline for Hastings to answer a number of questions, including whether or not he consulted with law enforcement to deal with the possibility of children mimicking “hardcore pornography” to the film.

On Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) sent a letter to US Attorney General William Burr requesting that the Justice Department investigate Netflix in response to the film’s distribution.

“I urge the Department of Justice to investigate the production and distribution of this film to determine whether Netflix, its executives, or the individuals involved in the filming and production of ‘Cuts’ are responsible for the production and distribution of child pornography. Violate any federal laws against, etc. “she wrote.

Cruz reiterated that many of the film’s scenes are harmful to children and urge government action.

“As you know, the Department of Justice has an important role in preventing sexual abuse of children,” he said. “The department enforces federal criminal law, which is a serious offense to produce or distribute content related to sexual exploitation of minors, including conduct involving sexual exploitation of minors.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) called on the Justice Department to take “swift action” against Netflix and Rape. Jim Banks (R-Indiana) brought charges against the company. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic representative from Hawaii and a 2020 presidential candidate, used the #CancelNetflix hashtag as she accused Netflix of being “complicit” in child trafficking.

Despite the conservative-driven backlash, Netflix has continued to stand behind the film.

A spokesperson for Netflix said in a statement, “” ‘Katis’ is a social comment against sexual abuse of young children. “” It’s an award-winning film and a powerful story about pressured young girls growing up on social media and more generally from society – and we would encourage anyone who sees these important issues to watch the film cares about.”

Disclosure: Matthias Daufner, CEO of Business Insider’s parent company Axel Springer, is a member of the Netflix board.