Cultural conservatives and the parents of young girls were outraged when, back in August, Netflix released a trailer for a movie called Cuties, to be released this month. The advertisement for the new release featured 11-year-old girls twerking in short skirts, clearly sexualizing young girls. But the Hollywood elites keep trying to reframe and repackage, to convince people that this film is, somehow, worthwhile.
Conservatives have an entirely different view and have begun to cancel their Netflix accounts in response to this disgusting appeal to pedophilia and the sexualization of children. In addition to the grassroots #CancelNetflix movement, principled limited government constitutional conservative Senators Mike Lee of Utah, Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas have taken steps to get this disgusting appeal to pedophiles taken down.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) sent a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Friday, asking the CEO to explain why his company’s film “Cuties” doesn’t constitute a criminal exploitation of minors.
“While I have concerns with the movie’s young actresses’ influence on other young girls, my larger concern is with the possibility that the inappropriate scenes might encourage the sexual exploitation of young girls by adults,” the letter reads. “The federal government currently spends hundreds of millions of dollars combating child trafficking, child sexual exploitation, and child pornography both domestically and abroad,” the letter continues.
“My staff is reviewing the film and the pertinent law to determine whether to refer the presentation of this film to the United States Attorney General for investigation. It would be most helpful if you could provide my office with an explanation on your views as to whether or not the potential exploitation of minors in this film constitutes criminal behavior by Friday, September 18, 2020,” the letter concludes.
Similarly, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings calling for the removal of Cuties.
Senator Hawley wrote, “In early 2019, journalists first began to report that YouTube videos of children in partial states of exposure were being ‘inundated with comments’ by pedophiles, exposing the children involved in the videos and other children visiting the platform to potential harm. Now Netflix is airing a film called Cuties depicting children being coached to engage in simulated sexual acts, for cameras both onscreen and off. Your decision to do so raises major questions of child safety and exploitation, including the possibility of copycat behavior and exploitation of child actors.”
And, wrote Sen. Hawley, “in the interim, please immediately remove this film from your platform.” Sen. Hawley invited Hastings to respond to the following questions no later than Friday, September 18, 2020:
Why did your company designate this film with a “TV-MA” for “language” without any mention of its graphic sexual content?
In marketing this film, did Netflix consult with any experts or authorities on combating child sexual exploitation or the psychological and emotional impacts of the sexualization of minors?
In marketing this film, did Netflix consult with any law enforcement authorities or experts about the possibility of copycat behavior, such as the viewing and imitation of hardcore pornography, by children who may see this film?
Did Netflix, at any point, take measures to ensure the protection of the physical, mental, and emotional health of child actors made to perform simulated sex acts and filmed in sexual or sexually suggestive ways?
Why did your company choose to market this film—which touches on a range of issues including religion, culture, and social media—with a poster solely depicting scantily clad preteens in sexually suggestive positions?
Why did your company choose to market this film with a poster different from the French original, which depicts children throwing confetti in the street?
What internal algorithmic designations has Netflix appended to this film, and what are the primary algorithmic characteristics of the film’s primary viewership as of today, September 11, 2020?
Following Netflix’s disturbing promotion and defense of what Senator Ted Cruz called “its new pornographic film sexualizing young children,” Sen. Cruz skipped sending a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr calling on the Department of Justice to investigate whether Netflix, its executives, or the makers of the film “Cuties” violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography.
In the letter to Attorney General Bill Barr, Sen. Cruz wrote:
The film routinely fetishizes and sexualizes these pre-adolescent girls as they perform dances simulating sexual conduct in revealing clothing, including at least one scene with partial child nudity. These scenes in and of themselves are harmful. And it is likely that the filming of this movie created even more explicit and abusive scenes, and that pedophiles across the world in the future will manipulate and imitate this film in abusive ways.
Sen. Cruz concluded:
As you know, the Department of Justice has a significant role in preventing the sexual abuse of children. The Department enforces federal criminal law making it a serious crime to produce or distribute material involving the sexual exploitation of minors, including the filming of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. […]
Although the First Amendment provides vigorous protection for artistic expression, it does not allow individuals or for-profit corporations to produce or distribute child pornography. Accordingly, I urge the Department to investigate the production of ‘Cuties’ and Netflix’s distribution of the film in order to determine whether Netflix, any of its executives, or anyone involved with the making of ‘Cuties’ violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography.
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