Neither Barack and Michelle Obama nor their former National Security Adviser Susan Rice have weighed in on the firestorm surrounding Cuties, a French coming-of-age drama that is the subject of widespread criticism for its blatant sexualization of pre-pubescent children.
Both the Obama’s and Rice are closely connected to the company, with the former president and first lady currently in the middle of a “multi-year agreement” signed back in May 2018 to help produce films and series for the platform. Rice, meanwhile, was appointed to the Netflix board that same year.
Cuties, which was released on Netflix Wednesday, is a French comedy-drama whose protagonist is an 11-year-old Senagalese Muslim girl from a traditional, yet dysfunctional family who joins a dance group known as Mignonnes, also the French name of the film.
Unlike a normal dance group for girls her age, the children’s activity involves highly provocative and sexualized dancing, with twerking (a style predicated