The Cuties movie coming to Netflix is causing major backlash on Twitter, resulting in the hashtag #CancelNetflix. Thousands are storming to the social media platform to voice their outrage over the controversial film.
When the first promotional shots surfaced, a social media firestorm swiftly followed. However, many now call for the complete cancelation of Netflix. Many on Twitter take issue with how they perceive the film sexualizes children.
The official synopsis for Cuties reads: “11-year-old Amy lives with her mom, Mariam, and younger brother, awaiting her father to rejoin the family from Senegal. Amy is fascinated by disobedient neighbor Angelica’s free-spirited dance clique, a group that stands in sharp contrast to stoic Mariam’s deeply held traditional values.”
#CancelNetflix Begins After the Release of the First Trailer
The initial social media outrage began back in August when the first trailer dropped, leading to the start of the #cancelnetflix hashtag. Netflix later released a statement apologizes to those offended by the trailer and artwork.
“We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Cuties. It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film, which premiered at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description,” the service told Deadline.
The director Maïmouna Doucouré explains that she found inspiration to create the film after attending an amateur talent show in Paris, ScreenDaily reports.
“There were these girls onstage dressed in a really sexy fashion in short, transparent clothes,” Doucouré said. “They danced in a very sexually suggestive manner. There also happened to be a number of African mothers in the audience. I was transfixed, watching with a mixture of shock and admiration. I asked myself if these young girls understood what they were doing.”
The Original Netflix Description vs. The Current One
Many users pointed out that the streaming service subsequently switched up the wording in the plot summary to seem less salacious.
The current description on Netflix reads: “Eleven-year-old Amy starts to rebel against her conservative family’s traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew.”
On the contrary, the original description read: “Amy, 11, becomes fascinated with a twerking dance crew. Hoping to join them, she starts to explore her femininity, defying her family’s traditions.”
In response to the film, outraged Netflix subscribers later started a Change.org petition. Currently, the petition has garnered more than 600k signatures.
[H/T New York Post]