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Cancel Netflix hashtag goes viral after controversial 'Cuties' film featuring children streams

Friday, September 11, 2020 • Tamil Comments

The coronavirus pandemic has forced most people in the US like the rest of the world to stay indoors. One of the biggest beneficiaries of this unprecedented situation is streaming platforms whose subscriptions have grown leaps and bounds in the past five months according to reports.

Netflix the market leader in OTT in the USA recently premiered the controversial French film 'Cuties' featuring an 11-year-old Senegalese girl in Paris joining an all-girls adult style dance group. Already a month back a poster of the little girls in two pieces was released and after severe criticism from the public the streaming giant apologized.

'Cuties' premiered on Netflix on September 9th causing a huge backlash from the American public who have taken to social media to express their criticisms.. The hashtag #CancelNetflix has gone viral and many have posted their cancellation page as well. Among other things 'Cuties' is accused of sexualizing little girls and some have even gone to the extent of accusing Netflix of promoting pedophilia.

Maïmouna Doucouré the French director of 'Cuties' in a video interview has stated "It is the story of an 11-year-old girl who is trying to find herself She’s navigating between two models of femininity: one represents her mother’s traditional origins. And the other is a group of young girls called Cuties. Our girls see that the more a woman is overly sexualized on social media, the more she is successful. And the children just imitate what they see, trying to achieve the same result without understanding the meaning. And yeah, it’s dangerous.”

'Cuties' premiered at Sundance 2020 in January and received critical acclaim but the general public in the US apparently don't see it as a real life depiction of coming of age of a Muslim girl in Paris but are outraged by the way the child actors have been made to perform.

 

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