This image released by Netflix shows the cast of the coming-of-age film "Cuties," streaming Wednesday, Sept. 9. (Netflix via AP)
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Netflix's ‘Cuties’ becomes target of politicized backlash

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By LINDSEY BAHR

The backlash to the French independent film “Mignonnes,” or “Cuties,” started before it had even been released because of a poster that went viral for its provocative depiction of its young female actors. But the spotlight has only intensified since the film became available on Netflix last week and it has become the target of heightened politicized outrage from members of Congress, including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, and others online calling for subscribers to #CancelNetflix.

At the heart of the backlash is the idea that “Cuties” is dangerously and irresponsibly sexualizing pre-teen girls, which, ironically, is what the movie itself is criticizing too. The campaign against the film, which includes calls for the Department of Justice to investigate it and hundreds of thousands calling for subscribers to cancel their Netflix accounts, is riddled with inaccuracies due in part to the fact that some critics have not seen the film (one claims that there is child nudity when there is not).

Netflix said in a statement that it is a, “social commentary against the sexualization of young children.”

Written and directed by Maïmouna Doucouré, “Cuties” is about an 11-year-old Senegalese immigrant named Amy (Fathia Youssouf) who is living in an impoverished Paris suburb with her observant Muslim family. She becomes fascinated with a clique of rebellious girls at her middle school who choreograph dance routines and wear crop tops and heels. They talk about Kim Kardashian and diets, practice “twerking” and giggle about boys and sex-related things that they don’t yet understand.

Netflix acquired “Cuties” out of the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year where it was favorably reviewed and won an award for its direction. It is the kind of film (foreign-language and with no stars from a first-time director) that would otherwise have gone under the radar. But because Netflix’s promotional materials caught the attention of the internet and even led to an apology from the streaming giant and the removal of the posters, “Cuties” was thrust onto the national stage.

Late last week, Republicans Cruz and U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas called on the Department of Justice to investigate the film’s production and distribution. Cruz in his letter to Attorney General William Barr asked that they, “determine whether Netflix, its executives, or the individuals involved in the filming and production of ‘Cuties’ violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography.”

On Sunday in an interview on the Fox News Channel, Cruz elaborated that Netflix is “making money by selling the sexual exploitation of young kids.” Cruz and others have made it a sticking point that Netflix has a production deal with former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, although neither have any association with “Cuties.”

Congressman Ken Buck of Colorado tweeted that he and Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona also want DOJ to investigate.

Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican, also sent a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings asking for the film to be removed from the platform while he awaits answers about how the film was made and marketed.

The criticism is not just from Republicans. Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, in a Twitter post called “Cuties” “child porn” and included a photo of the recalled poster and wrote that it will “certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade.”

“Netflix, you are now complicit,” Gabbard continued.

Melissa Henson, program director for the Parents Television Council, said that it “normalizes the sexualization of little girls,” and over 640,000 accounts have signed a Change.org petition calling on users to cancel their Netflix accounts over the film.

But this time Netflix is not apologizing.

“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,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement.

Some film critics have also weighed in on the controversy and highlighted the merits of the film.

“It would have been easy for Doucouré to use a broad brush to paint the different extremes of Amy’s experience (‘stifling tradition bad, dancing good’), but she’s not exactly making ‘Footloose’ here,” New York Magazine film critic Bilge Ebiri wrote. “’Cuties’ is not a blunt screed or a finger-wagging cautionary tale in either direction — which is one reason why anyone watching the film looking for clear messages about right and wrong is bound to be disappointed, maybe even outraged.”

Doucouré was inspired to make the film partly because she observed some 11-year-old girls dancing “like we’re used to seeing in video clips” at a gathering in Paris and wanted to investigate why such young girls were mimicking such adult behavoir.

“Our girls see that the more a woman is overly sexualized on social media, the more she is successful. Children just imitate what they see, trying to achieve the same result without understanding the meaning," Doucouré said. "It is dangerous.”

Her protagonist, Amy, is at the crossroads of conflicting messaging from her family, French Western culture and the “hyper-real fiction of social media,” she said.

Doucouré encouraged audiences to watch the film “without judging this child.”

According to Lauren Aronson, a representative for Cruz who said he has not seen the film, the intent of the filmmaker is not the point.

“There should be absolutely no place for the filming and distribution of these scenes,” Aronson wrote.

But Doucouré believes that her film is a worthy call to action. And her messaging seems to have the same goal as those bemoaning its existence.

“We must all come together to figure out what is best for our children. As a director, as an artist, I am doing my part with this film,” she said. “Politicians, the education system, parents and children must come together to fix what’s gone wrong.”

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I watched this last night. A good film, a serious film, though it was dark and had some very unsettling scenes. Part of the blame could be with Netflix and their exploitive marketing campaign. There is nothing cute about the movie.

People who criticize it should at least first watch it. Then, before saying the director "sexualized the child actors in a movie that criticizes sexualized media", they should spend a little time on TikTok or watching music videos that are popular among kids of the same age. Look at the typical pouty selfies taken by young girls in the west. This stuff is everywhere, and kids are acting on it now. It's an uncomfortable subject, but people are doing kids any favor by pretending it doesn't exist.

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Sexuality of young girls is more rampant than many people want to admit. In America there are these 'pageants' where little girls are exploited in order for their parents to win cash prizes. There are 'chastisy balls', 'father-daughter dances' and 'take mom to the prom' in the name of religion in America. It's exploitative, incestuous and sickening.

commenteer  Look at the typical pouty selfies taken by young girls in the west. This stuff is everywhere, and kids are acting on it now.

Yes it is an unconfortable subject but it must be addressed. There's been all these gawdawful overchoriographed pop tarts dominating radio and video, looks over talent. Music doesn't matter for them. It's a disgusting joke. If you can shake your can, that's it. Many of those airhead pop tarts from 20 years ago are gone now but there's other ones to take their place, isn't there?

Am I talking about 'idol groups' too? Oh yeah. And t(w)een girls get told they must be sexy (and marriageable) so they must be thin. That leads to dieting, body shaming, maybe anorexa. It's a horrible social disease passed from generation to generation and it's got to STOP!

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Apparently, the americans complaining have never seen law and order SVU. That's displaying much more...and yes, often they feature kids. Very over sxualised

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Starpunk:

Could be worse. Thin (but not starving) is healthy. Half of Americans are obese. Exercise is not evil. People are too afraid of hurting feelings, but I'd rather someone help me rather than let me die of diabetes or heart disease. I know this wasn't the key point you were driving home, but I wanted to point that out. Cheers

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Most of Hollywood is morally bankrupt and yet they have the nerve to lecture us about morals.......while also being in bed with China?!

Hypocrites who ought to be mostly ignored.

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The child pageant crowd is horrified.

The film is not the problem. The issue is the world that we have created.

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Referring to the Cuties film, the entertainment online database IMDb originally had a parental warning that read: "This is lawfully defined as pedophilia." Lawyers discussing the film have stated that the film IS considered to be pedophilia by some governments (case by case) and needs to be looked into further to determine if Cuties is considered pedophilia across the board, and forced to be removed from Netflix. The film is rated as "Mature," meaning that the children who starred in the movie cannot watch the movie they starred in. Right there, that tells you something. The mature acts were performed by children. According to the law, making children perform mature acts is child abuse. So, the film Cuties is at least child abuse. Think of the hundreds of auditions that many many children had to partake in. FACT: "The filmmakers of the Netflix film Cuties spent six months having 650 little girls twerk for them in auditions." Disgusting. The film is described as a coming-of-age film. Wikipedia: "In genre studies, a coming-of-age story is a genre of literature, film, and video that focuses on the growth of a protagonist from youth to adulthood. The subjects of coming-of-age stories are typically teenagers." The subjects in Cuties are 11 years old. They are still far from adulthood. It is not a coming-of-age film. Now, in the film itself, that camera lingers on the crotches and bottoms of the little girls, often zooming in. This is not necessary to get the film director/writer's point across. It is painfully obvious that the Cuties film sexualizes children. Perhaps Netflix should have a film that points out the problem of child abuse by having adult actors really hit child actors, causing real bruising. The name of the film can be "Bruises."

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It will be difficult to convince defenders of the film Cuties that the film is pedophilia. Because if they admit they are wrong, and eventually agree that the film is pedophilia, they will have the nagging thought in the back of their minds: "Maybe I am a pedophile..." They don't want that, so they go on and on defending the film.

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Downvoted quicker than someone could have actually read and thought about what I had typed. Typical. Literally within 1 minute of my posting my comments, I got downvoted by someone. My second post refers to that person. Chris Hansen is at your door, bud.

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@Distant Fire.

Agreed! Well said.

It's unbelievable how so many of the modern day moralists and SWJ's who are so quick to accuse everyone else of everything under the sun can turn around and hamelessly promote or defend such an abuse of minors.

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In most countries if any of us had personally created such video content we would no doubt be chraged with child abuse.

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Tulsi Gabbard:

Netfix child porn "Cuties" will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade. 1 in 4 victims of trafficking are children. It happened to my friend's 13 year old daughter. Netflix, you are now complicit. 

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Shooting a dog, while making a film that speaks against the abuse of animals, is WRONG.

With such a film, the filmmaker’s intent in creating media protesting against animal abuse is good, but abusing an animal in order to make the film is wrong. The same is true of this pedophilia work called “Cuties”.

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I wouldn't take any criticism from Republican lawmakers seriously. They're known to have dirty skeletons in their own closets. Rent-boys, turning the other cheek when faced with child molestation at their old schools when they're a  ̶J̶i̶m̶ gym teacher, forcing their mistresses to have an abortion, etc.

What next? Ben Shapiro whining about Cardi B while he's looking at his feet and twitching his head?

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Watched it this morning. Very good movie. 8.5/10

those who feel it is too taboo, open your eyes to the real world.

and I’m a feminist.

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Also, I’m am glad the film didn’t highlight Female Genital Mutilation. It should of, but one point at a time. That was the worser fear that sexualization of girls for oppression, entertainment and profit.

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Most of Hollywood is morally bankrupt and yet they have the nerve to lecture us about morals.......while also being in bed with China?!

Fine. Except this is a French film made by a French-Senegalese woman, not a Hollywood film.

> The film is rated as "Mature," meaning that the children who starred in the movie cannot watch the movie they starred in. Right there, that tells you something.

This is not unusual for many movies, such as horror movies. There is nothing in the film that you can't find on YouTube or TikTok daily. Why aren't you upset about that?

It will be difficult to convince defenders of the film Cuties that the film is pedophilia. Because if they admit they are wrong, and eventually agree that the film is pedophilia, they will have the nagging thought in the back of their minds: "Maybe I am a pedophile..." 

There you go. Why bother with informed discussion when you can just slander people you disagree with?

With such a film, the filmmaker’s intent in creating media protesting against animal abuse is good, but abusing an animal in order to make the film is wrong. 

Is it abuse if this is what many kids that age are doing every day? This is the real issue. Millions of children being programmed to have depraved values being promoted on TV, music and the internet. And very few people seem to mind - they don't want to be seen as prudes, or worse, Republicans. Maybe it takes a film like this to get the discussion going. And is it abuse. Then what about Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver or countless other films with children that address difficult themes?

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I start watching it last night because of the controversy.

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I wouldn't take any criticism from Republican lawmakers seriously. They're known to have dirty skeletons in their own closets.

*You mean like Anthony Weiner? Oh, hes a Democrat, isnt he.
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Most of Hollywood is morally bankrupt and yet they have the nerve to lecture us about morals.......while also being in bed with China?!

Fine. Except this is a French film made by a French-Senegalese woman, not a Hollywood film.

But it is Hollywood who are defending and supporting this film.

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It’s better a film makes people wake up than make them sleep.

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@commenteer

The film is rated as "Mature," meaning that the children who starred in the movie cannot watch the movie they starred in. Right there, that tells you something.*

This is not unusual for many movies, such as horror movies. There is nothing in the film that you can't find on YouTube or TikTok daily. Why aren't you upset about that?

Regarding movies such as horror movies: The horror is not real (refer to my sarcastic "Bruises" movie). The child abuse and pedophilia in Cuties IS real, not simulated. For example, in the Amazon series "The Boys," some child characters are killed, but not for real. If you don't know the difference between how children are treated in Cuties, and those treated in horror films or a series such as "The Boys," see a therapist.

Regarding some Youtube videos and TikTok: Some things on those platforms are disgusting, as well. Why would you assume I would not be upset about that? Stop stuffing clothes with straw. I can see what you are doing, commenteer.

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CORRECTED

@commenteer

The film is rated as "Mature," meaning that the children who starred in the movie cannot watch the movie they starred in. Right there, that tells you something. (taken from Distant Fire's post)*

This is not unusual for many movies, such as horror movies. There is nothing in the film that you can't find on YouTube or TikTok daily. Why aren't you upset about that?

Regarding movies such as horror movies: The horror is not real (refer to my sarcastic "Bruises" movie). The child abuse and pedophilia in Cuties IS real, not simulated. For example, in the Amazon series "The Boys," some child characters are killed, but not for real. If you don't know the difference between how children are treated in Cuties, and those treated in horror films or a series such as "The Boys," see a therapist.

Regarding some Youtube videos and TikTok: Some things on those platforms are disgusting, as well. Why would you assume I would not be upset about that? Stop stuffing clothes with straw. I can see what you are doing, commenteer.

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@Concerned Citizen

Agreed! Well said.

It's unbelievable how so many of the modern day moralists and SWJ's who are so quick to accuse everyone else of everything under the sun can turn around and hamelessly promote or defend such an abuse of minors.

Agreed, and well said to you, too CC.

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@Concerned Citizen

In most countries if any of us had personally created such video content we would no doubt be chraged with child abuse.

Exactly.

And unfortunately some of that content can be found on Youtube and TikTok. However, I do not pay for Youtube or TikTok. I had been subscribed to Netflix, but I canceled my subscription a few days ago in protest of Cuties.

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Again, someone downvoted all 3 of my comments within 1 minute of me posting them. Seriously? Talk about a knee-jerk reaction.

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It’s pretty disgusting. And coming from me, that’s saying something.

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@Goodlucktoyou

It’s better a film makes people wake up than make them sleep.

How about someone beats your child on film to "wake you up" to the horrors of child abuse. Hey, better than sleeping through the abuse, right?

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@commenteer

It will be difficult to convince defenders of the film Cuties that the film is pedophilia. Because if they admit they are wrong, and eventually agree that the film is pedophilia, they will have the nagging thought in the back of their minds: "Maybe I am a pedophile..." (Distant Fire's comment)

There you go. Why bother with informed discussion when you can just slander people you disagree with?

You haven't been doing much informing, commenteer, except giving your opinion. Look at my FACTS in my comment before the one you commented on.

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The horror is not real (refer to my sarcastic "Bruises" movie). The child abuse and pedophilia in Cuties IS real, not simulated. 

Did you actually see the movie? What child abuse? What pedophilia? In your imagination, just like in the horror movies. While we are on the topic, what about Leon?

Stop stuffing clothes with straw. I can see what you are doing, commenteer.

I really have no idea what you are talking about. The first time I have heard that expression, so I went to Google to see what "stuffing clothes with straw" referred to. Only 9 results, and your comment here was at the top. It has a nice ring to it, though. The other eight were literally about stuffing clothes with straw to make pillows and such. I prefer goose down.

It’s pretty disgusting. And coming from me, that’s saying something.

You actually saw the movie? I think I recall you making jokes about sex with underage girls. So if you find this film disgusting, maybe it's the stark reality it presents that calls into question all the glamorized sexualization that people seem to ignore or snicker at. If you watched this movie and weren't repulsed by some of the scenes, you were missing the point.

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Imagine being an adult and voluntarily admitting you not only watched, but enjoyed watching child porn.

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. . I had been subscribed to Netflix, but I canceled my subscription a few days ago in protest of Cuties.

Yes. I have never subscribed to Netflix but I have friends and acquaintances who have cancelled Netflix over this.

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So many comments from people who haven’t even seen the movie. Do you also give restaurant reviews for places you haven’t eaten in?

I watched the movie last night. There is NO child porn. There is no pedophilia. There is NO child nudity. There is NOTHING, seriously nothing wrong with this film.

Its a story of a group of young girls growing up in the real world.

Not a film I would usually watch but it came into my feed so I thought...”Ill watch a few minutes to see what the fuss is about”....

I ended up watching to the end and well.. its an OK movie. I enjoyed it.

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You actually saw the movie?

No, but I saw the preview and read about it. I found it to be pretty disgusting.

I think I recall you making jokes about sex with underage girls.

I have made plenty of jokes. I've even joked about _over_aged girls.

So if you find this film disgusting, maybe it's the stark reality it presents that calls into question all the glamorized sexualization that people seem to ignore or snicker at. If you watched this movie and weren't repulsed by some of the scenes, you were missing the point.

Can't I just be disgusted by it? Or do I have to 'appreciate the artistic way in which in represents the evils of society'?

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Mr kipling:

Glad someone actually watched it to give sound criticism. I did not, but from what I read it sounded no worse than the Law and Order SVU series that feature children in such a manner, yet still is on the air (20+ years). Can you confirm this?

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I can't afford netflix

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I watched the movie last night. There is NO child porn. There is no pedophilia. There is NO child nudity. There is NOTHING, seriously nothing wrong with this film.

Ive seen some of the scenes in question and can assure you 11 year old girls writhing on the ground in hot pants stroking their genitalia while lustily looking at grown men watching in arousal is completely wrong and you know it.

Child porn. And now everyone knows on which side of the fence you sit.

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Can't I just be disgusted by it? Or do I have to 'appreciate the artistic way in which in represents the evils of society'?

Exactly. Stealth porn hiding under the facade of “art”. We mustnt criticize!

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Yeah, Im good with child porn. But don't sweat it;

Im a feminist....

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No, but I saw the preview and read about it. I found it to be pretty disgusting.

The preview was all Netflix. Highly misleading and clearly exploitive. Yes, that was disgusting.

I think I recall you making jokes about sex with underage girls.

I have made plenty of jokes. I've even joked about _over_aged girls.

So here's the thing. You can joke about it, but you object to a movie that looks seriously at the topic?

> Ive seen some of the scenes in question 

The mods keep deleting my answers to you, so this my last try. You saw a scene in isolation, out of context. Try watching the whole movie instead of just the shocking bits. Or better yet, spend 20 minutes on TikTok to see what the movie is trying to call attention to.

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Are people judging movies they haven’t seen?

Quite a skill.

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So here's the thing. You can joke about it, but you object to a movie that looks seriously at the topic?

That's right. I can joke about anything. It's not like I'm making underage girls touch themselves suggestively in front of grown men. Totally different.

Try watching the whole movie instead of just the shocking bits. Or better yet, spend 20 minutes on TikTok to see what the movie is trying to call attention to.

Yes, because the solution to polution is dilution, hmmm? Just water it down with some drama so it's not bad? Gotcha.

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It will be difficult to convince defenders of the film Cuties that the film is pedophilia. Because if they admit they are wrong, and eventually agree that the film is pedophilia, they will have the nagging thought in the back of their minds: "Maybe I am a pedophile..."

Pedophiles know they are pedophiles, there will be no nagging doubts.

So even if the film is indeed pedophilia, the fact they don't see it as such would mean they are not pedophiles.

You on the other hand, is one of the ones who are sure it's pedophilia.

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Bob.....

Ive seen some of the scenes in question and can assure you 11 year old girls writhing on the ground in hot pants stroking their genitalia while lustily looking at grown men watching in arousal is completely wrong and you know it.

I know the scene you are mentioning, where the main character is teaching the others her dance moves. There is no “stroking of genitalia” unless you mean the main character slapping her friends rumps as they were useless. Obviously you are one of the many who comment without having seen the movie.

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So even if the film is indeed pedophilia, the fact they don't see it as such would mean they are not pedophiles.

Er, could you elucidate?

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The preview was all Netflix. Highly misleading and clearly exploitive. Yes, that was disgusting.

Well this alone is enough for anyone not to patronize Netflix.

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@i@n

Pedophiles know they are pedophiles, there will be no nagging doubts.

So even if the film is indeed pedophilia, the fact they don't see it as such would mean they are not pedophiles.

You on the other hand, is one of the ones who are sure it's pedophilia.

1) Nope. There are closet pedophiles that don't know they have "crossed that line."

2) Your 2nd statement is pure madness.

3) Yeah. I am sure it is pedophilia because it disgusts me.

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Anyway, I've dumped Netflix. Moving on..

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Kipling - No, thats not the scene Im talking about. They were being prevented from entering a contest by security guards. Showed off their "moves" to get in.

I guess you were in the bathroom during the scene. It happens....

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The "normalization" of pedophilia by Hollywood (and the Left, in the USA) is absolutely disgusting.

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Most of Hollywood is morally bankrupt and yet they have the nerve to lecture us about morals.......while also being in bed with China?!

Sigh. It's a French film. Hollywood had nothing to do with it. It's a subject Hollywood wouldn't even touch. Your comment is as uninformed as those of the critics.

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Otacon512Sep. 17  09:59 pm JST

At the heart of the backlash is the idea that “Cuties” is dangerously and irresponsibly sexualizing pre-teen girls, which, ironically, is what the movie itself is criticizing too.

So... I take it it's OK to criticize murder by murdering people?

If a docu shows evil acts it doesn't necessarily condone evil acts.

There are many docu films out there that address serious or taboo social topics that need to be addressed. Has anybody considered that this film while growing some sickening behavior may be condemning it? Such films often with a 'Mature' warning or a 'Viewer Discretion Advised' label. Porn on the other hand is just that. Porn is expoitative, disgusting and it glorifies the wrongs of society and its attitudes. Rated 'X' or 'NC-17' films generally have no plot or storyline, they glorify and applaud the awful things you see and they are just garbage.

I haven't seen the film but I have seen a trailer for it and it LOOKS to me that it is a criticism of the way we treat our little girls (and boys). I may be wrong. Yet if this flick stirs up debate and make us take a look at ourselves, is that a bad thing? Of course some politicians (of every party) LOVE to jump on that moral train but they (and their sheep) probably never seen controversial films like this and until they have, they need to shut up, stop, look and listen before saying anything about it.

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It's a subject Hollywood wouldn't even touch.

because they supported Harvey Weinstein.

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Call it art, call it pedo-porn. The real question is, would you be comfortable if it was your prepubescent daughter playing that role.

Even if it is “art” you can be sure some pedo perv is gonna be playing that one scene on repeat like a teenage boy endlessly rewinding and replaying a brief boob flash in a VHS movie.

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If a docu shows evil acts it doesn't necessarily condone evil acts.

Of course it condones them; if it didn't, it wouldn't engage in them. You can't criticize something by actually doing that thing, that's ridiculous and only makes you a hypocrite.

There are many docu films out there that address serious or taboo social topics that need to be addressed.

Right, but they don't engage in the very activity they're supposedly criticizing. If you make a documentary about mafiosi executing people, the people playing them aren't actual mafiosi and no one actually gets executed. In this case however, you can't separate the characters from the actors - the characters are sexualized preteen girls, and so are the actresses playing them.

Porn on the other hand is just that. Porn is expoitative, disgusting and it glorifies the wrongs of society and its attitudes. Rated 'X' or 'NC-17' films generally have no plot or storyline, they glorify and applaud the awful things you see and they are just garbage.

Not that porn has anything to do with the subject, but I'll bite. You'll need to clarify how sex, a basic reproductive function, is a "wrong of society" and is an "awful things". It doesn't matter how disgusting you think it is or how "quality" it is, because at the end of the day all the actors in it are adults capable of making their own decisions, and they decided to make porn - which isn't illegal, unlike sexualizing minors.

And just to clarify here... you have an issue with adult porn, but you don't have an issue with sexualized minors as long as someone claims it's for criticism? Seriously?

I haven't seen the film [...] they (and their sheep) probably never seen controversial films like this and until they have, they need to shut up, stop, look and listen before saying anything about it

So maybe take your own advice?

I'm willing to bet that, ironically enough, the people defending this degeneracy are the very same ones who crusade against sexualized anime and manga characters. Lines on a paper - utterly unacceptable, think of the (non-existent) children! Actual real-world children being sexualized and exploited? No problem there, it's stunning and brave "criticism".

Seriously, the last decade or so it's like we've stepped into some twilight zone and everything is upside down. War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.

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