Netflix is standing behind its controversial tween-twerking drama Cuties despite intense backlash over the movie’s sexually charged depiction of underage girls.
The company issued a statement to multiple news outlets late Thursday defending the French-language Cuties (Mignonnes), which debuted this week on the streaming service.
“Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children,” a Netflix spokesperson said. “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.”
Sen. Josh Hawley called out Netflix’s purported concern about child sexual exploitation, by highlighting posts to the parental guide page of IMDB, where warnings about nudity and hyper-sexual scenes involving young girls are shown.
— Josh Hawley