Texas has never been known to stand down to evil, and this time is no different. Netflix is now facing criminal charges in the ongoing clash between right and wrong over a film called “Cuties”. It is a French film and the premis of the story told is centered around an eleven year old girl who is living in Paris that wants to join a “free-spirited dance crew.”
The grand jury indictment for promotion of lewd visual material using a child was filed in September in Tyler County, Texas.
In the indictment it states that Netflix took the liberty to promote and distribute material that “depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age” for the “prurient interest in sex.”
The indictment states that Netflix promoted, distributed and exhibited material which It also states that the material held no serious “literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.”
Netflix, Inc. indicted by grand jury in Tyler Co., Tx for promoting material in Cuties film which depicts lewd exhibition of pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 yrs of age which appeals to the prurient interest in sex #Cuties #txlege pic.twitter.com/UJ1hY8XJ2l
— Matt Schaefer (@RepMattSchaefer) October 6, 2020
As reported by NBC News:
The Tyler County District Attorney’s office did not comment on the indictment in response to an NBC News request for a statement.
Critics said the film and its promotional materials sexualized the young girls, equating it with child exploitation or child pornography.
The streaming company was criticized in August for the U.S. “Cuties” poster, which featured young girls in revealing two-piece dance costumes.
The French poster for “Cuties,” or “Mignonnes” in French, was of a group of girls walking on the street holding shopping bags.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-UT., said in a public statement Monday that he spoke to Netflix employees on the phone and was “unsatisfied” with the company’s response to his questions. Lee called on the company to stop its distribution of the film, stating that there was a “moral question” as well as a legal question regarding the film.
“What I cannot understand, however, is how Netflix can condemn the conduct depicted in Cuties, while celebrating the film and filmmakers who asked several underage girls to stand in front of a camera and engage in that same ‘inappropriate, shameful’ conduct for all the world to see,” Lee said.
Netflix has issued an apology for its initial U.S. advertisements of the horrific film in a statement they posted to their Twitter account in August. However, the company still defended the film itself, telling NBS’s “Today” show that “Cuties” is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children.
“It’s an award winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up — and we’d encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie,” Netflix’s September statement said.
I’m sorry but I’m just going to say what everyone is thinking…
That’s BS Netflix!
What do you think about the film and how Netflix is handling it? Do you stand with Texas on their commitment to fight against this kind of material being distributed to Netflix customers of all ages?
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