Netflix’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos is defending the streamer’s decision to release Cuties, saying that the controversial movie that depicts pubescent girls performing raunchy dance numbers has been “misunderstood” in the United States.
“Frankly, I’m surprised there hasn’t been more discussion about the First Amendment implications of this film. It’s a film I would argue is very misunderstood with some audiences, uniquely in the United States,” Sarandos said during his MIPCOM Online+ keynote address on Monday, according to multiple reports.
Netflix acquired Cuties (Mignonnes) in January after it played to a warm reception at Sundance. The French-language movie tells the story of an 11-year-old girl who attempts to escape the strictures of her Senegalese-Muslim family by joining a tween twerking troupe.
The movie contains scenes of the underage girls performing simulated sexual dance routines on stage.
“It’s the director’s story and the film has obviously played very well at Sundance, without