December 2020 – On September 9, Netflix released Cuties, a film hypersexualizing 11-year-old girls in a vulgar, explicit twerking dance group.
Netflix claimed the movie is a “social commentary against the sexualization of young children.”
National Center on Sexual Exploitation spokesperson Lina Nealon disagreed: “The audience does not need to see the very long scenes with close-up shots of the girls’ bodies; this does nothing to educate the audience on the harms of sexualization.”
According to research company YipitData, Netflix’s September subscription cancellations soared to nearly eight times the August 2020 numbers.
At press time, in Tyler County, Texas, Netflix had been indicted for “promoting lewd visual material” of a child. Fox News reported the complaint promoted a film depicting: “lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child … which appeals to the prurient interest in sex, and has no serious, literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.”
Tyler County District Attorney Lucas Babin said Texas legislators believe producing such lewd material has destructive consequences. “A grand jury found probable cause for this felony,” he said, “and my job is to uphold the laws of this state and see that justice is done.”
foxnews.com, 8/6/20; endsexualexploitation.org, 9/11/20;