Netflix has come under fire for airing an 18+ rated movie that sexualizes 11 year old girls. The film, Cuties, follows an 11 year old girl Amy who joins a “free spirited dance group” of other girls her age. The girls mimic suggestive dance moves from videos they watch online. In one scene, one of the girls watches an online video of adult females performing sex acts, she and her group later incorporate some of these acts in their performances.
The girls twerk and slap their bums in front of an adult audience. And in another scene, one of the girls lifts up her top to show her bare breasts. “The 11 year old girls who were sexually exploited filming Cuties shot those scenes in front of a director, a DP, a gaffer, their parents, a choreographer, a hair person, a camera assistant. None of these adults protected them,” complained one viewer.
Over 600 thousand viewers have petitioned to cancel their Netflix subscriptions which could lead to a $7 billion loss in revenues for the business. The stock itself has lost close to 4% of its value since the premier of Cuties. Netflix has however defended itself saying the film was meant to educate adults about how kids copy anything they see online. “It is intended to be seen in an unfaltering light. Children mimic what they see online and elsewhere,” read part of the statement from Netflix.