A Texas grand jury issued an indictment against Netflix in response to the controversial film Cuties that many have alleged sexualizes children.
A grand jury in Tyler County handed down the indictment for “promotion of lewd visual material depicting child,” according to NBC affiliate KETK-TV.
“Netflix, Inc. indicted by grand jury in Tyler Co., Tx for promoting material in Cuties film which depicts lewd exhibition of pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 yrs of age which appeals to the prurient interest in sex #Cuties #txlege,” Texas state Rep. Matt Schaefer tweeted Tuesday.
Netflix, Inc. indicted by grand jury in Tyler Co., Tx for promoting material in Cuties film which depicts lewd exhibition of pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 yrs of age which appeals to the prurient interest in sex #Cuties #txlege pic.twitter.com/UJ1hY8XJ2l
— Matt Schaefer (@RepMattSchaefer) October 6, 2020
Netflix saw a spike in cancellations following the September release of the film, which followed the life of an 11-year-old Senegalese girl in Paris that joined a “free-spirited dance crew” in defiance of her traditional Muslim family.
Critics allege that the sexual nature of the film is inappropriate and encourages pedophilia.
“The film routinely fetishizes and sexualizes these pre-adolescent girls as they perform dances simulating sexual conduct in revealing clothing, including at least one scene with partial child nudity,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said about the film in a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr. “These scenes in and of themselves are harmful. And it is likely that the filming of this movie created even more explicit and abusive scenes, and that pedophiles across the world in the future will manipulate and imitate this film in abusive ways … Although the First Amendment provides vigorous protection for artistic expression, it does not allow individuals or for-profit corporations to produce or distribute child pornography.“
Netflix has gone on the record defending the film, saying the production is “social commentary against the sexualization of young children. 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.”
Netflix told the Washington Examiner, “Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. This charge is without merit and we stand by the film.”
Author: Andrew Mark Miller