The controversy surrounding Netflix’s Cuties has drawn the scrutiny of two U.S. senators who are demanding that the streaming service explain why it released the movie, which depicts underage girls performing raunchy dance moves and simulated sexual acts.
In separate letters sent to Netflix on Friday, Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) said the company’s decision to release the French movie raises questions about child safety and exploitation. Sen. Lee said that his staff is reviewing the film and the relevant laws to determine whether the movie should be referred to the U.S. Attorney General for an investigation.
“I understand this film contains a broader storyline,” Sen. Lee wrote. “However, the film’s sexualization of young girls—if not itself the sexual exploitation of the child actors–will certainly contribute to child sexual exploitation by others. At a minimum, it is certainly inappropriate and morally wrong to sexualize minors, regardless of whether