Netflix defended the newly released “Cuties” in a Thursday evening statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation, calling the film “powerful” and “award winning.”
“Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children,” a Netflix spokeswoman told the DCNF late Thursday. “It’s an award winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up – and we’d encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie.”
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) September 11, 2020
The statement comes after the film ignited furor on social media over its representations of young girls and suggestive dancing. (RELATED: We Watched Netflix’s ‘Cuties’ So You Don’t Have To)
“Cuties” not only includes many close up shots of little girl’s crotches and buttocks, the film also links young girls to pornography, discussions of sexual acts, a child photographing her genitalia, and more, a review by the DCNF found.
After initial criticism of “Cuties” when the film’s trailer was released, Netflix apologized for the artwork promoting the movie.