Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos has defended the controversial movie “Cuties,” arguing that American audiences do not understand it as critics increasingly accuse the streaming giant of trafficking in soft-core child porn.
Sarandos said at the virtual Mipcom market on Monday that Americans have “misunderstood” the film in response to a Texas grand jury arguing that it “appeals to the prurient interest in sex, and has no serious, literary, artistic, political, or scientific value,” according to Deadline,
“It’s a little surprising in 2020 America that we’re having a discussion about censoring storytelling,” said Sarandos. “It’s a film that is very misunderstood with some audiences, uniquely within the United States. The film speaks for itself. It’s a very personal coming of age film, it’s the director’s story and the film has obviously played very well at Sundance without any of this controversy and played in theaters throughout Europe without any of this controversy.”
Netflix found itself at the center of controversy in