EIE Petition to Remove "Cuties" from Netflix and ask Department of Justice to investigate film for child pornography violations
Parents Beware: "Cuties" is a Toxic Brew of Sexual Exploitation and Child Objectification that warrants an urgent call for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate for child pornography violations and for Netflix to remove the film immediately. Sign now!
Enough Is Enough® is calling for DUAL ACTION including the removal of “Cuties” from Netflix AND an investigation by the Department of Justice for potential child pornography violations. Released on Netflix in the U.S. on September 9th, “Cuties” displays scantily-clad preteen girls on the world stage for all to see, The film exploits the young pre-adolescent actresses in skimpy attire who twerk, hump, gyrate, and perform stripper-esque dance moves with crotch grabs and leg spreads, while production cameras zoom in and slowly pan up and down the girls’ bodies. Outrage over the film spawned the hashtag #CancelNetflix. Turkey has already banned it.
The film normalizes child sexual exploitation and sexualized behaviors by youth. In one scene, a rival dance member exposes her bare breast at the end of the group’s dance routine; in others, crude sexual comments are made in hopes of attracting the attention of boys. While in school, girls’ reactions are shown after watching a graphic sex act on a cell phone, contemplating whether or not it was rape.
Later in the film, after the character, Amy (Fathia Youssouf), an 11-year-old Senegalese immigrant living in Paris, is accepted to the “Cuties” group, she is pressured to film the penis of a fellow classmate while he urinates in the boy’s bathroom. Closer to the film’s end, she is shown removing her pants and underwear to photograph between her legs, then uploads the image to social media.
In a digital society already overrun with child sex abuse images, “Cuties” is an irresponsible, gross display of sexual exploitation on the part of Netflix and the film’s French director and writer Maïmouna Doucouré, whetting the appetites and sexual fantasies of pedophiles, sexual predators and traffickers with its hypersexualized content.
Predators and sex traffickers are constantly looking for vulnerable children, including those who have previously been sexually exploited or abused. In 2018, over half (51.6%) of the criminal human trafficking cases active in the U.S. were sex trafficking cases involving only children. This stomach-churning display of hypersexualized, pre-teen eroticized “dance” results in permission-giving beliefs to young girls that this behavior is desirable, acceptable and safe. In January of 2020, the IWF reported self-generated imagery now accounts for almost a third of web pages featuring sexual images of children that they take down, and more than a third of those images feature 11 to 13-year-old children, of which the majority is girls.
At best, "Cuties" is grossly negligent on the part of its producers and Netflix. At worst, it’s possibly criminal as the dance moves alone by these young actresses may meet the legal standard of child pornography. Child pornography, under federal law is defined as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor (someone under 18 years of age). Visual depictions include photographs, videos, digital or computer-generated images indistinguishable from an actual minor, and images created, adapted, or modified, but appear to depict an identifiable, actual minor. In 2018, tech companies reported over 45 million online photos and videos of children being sexually abused — more than double that they found the previous year.
At a time in America in which the sexual exploitation of children in the digital world has escalated exponentially during COVID lockdown and virtual learning, "Cuties" is only throwing gasoline on an existing blazing fire.
We must stop this from ever happening again by making our voices heard. We need your voice too. Can you please take a moment to sign this petition and share it with your friends? An email will be sent on your behalf to the Department of Justice asking for an investigation into potential child pornography violations, and also to Netflix executives demanding they remove Netflix from their platform and put an end to sexually exploitative programming of youth,.
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