Cuties Director Maïmouna Doucouré is defending her Netflix film as “feminist.”
She made the movie, Doucouré said during a panel at the Toronto Film Festival, “because I saw so many things and so many issues around me lived by young girls, that I decided to make this film and sound an alarm and say we need to protect our children.”
“It’s bold, it’s feminist,” she added, “but it’s so important and necessary to create debate and try to find solutions, for me as an artist, for politicians and parents. It’s a real issue.”
“Our girls see that the more a woman is sexualized on social media, the more she’s successful,” she said. “And yeah, it’s dangerous.”
As you all know by now, Cuties, a movie about 11-year-old girls twerking like strippers in tight clothes, bare midriffs, and too much makeup, has caused a firestorm of controversy, and deservedly so.