Media film critics are praising the controversial tween-twerking movie Cuties as “extraordinary” and “inspired” while playing defense for Netflix against attacks from so-called “scandal-mongers on the right” who have condemned the movie’s highly sexualized depiction of underage girls.
Cuties (Mignonnes), which debuted Thursday on Netflix, tells the story of an 11-year-old girl growing up in France, who attempts to escape the oppressive atmosphere of her Senegalese Muslim family by joining a twerking troupe. The movie features an extended sequence in which the underage girls perform a raunchy dance number, complete with pelvic gyrations and suggestive touching.
The sequence prompted the hashtag #CancelNetflix to trend on Twitter Thursday, with calls for people to cancel their subscriptions. Last month, the movie’s marketing campaign stirred a backlash after the trailer and poster released by Netflix focused heavily on the scene in question.
Critics are arguing that the movie’s sexually charged portrayal of tween girls