Netflix has come under fire recently after releasing the film “Cuties,” which was widely criticized for oversexualizing young girls. I had only seen (and been thoroughly repulsed by) the trailer for the film, which went viral on social media due to widespread disgust with it – and the consensus among those who’ve actually watched the film is that it’s much, much worse than the trailer.
Some went as far as to accuse Netflix of circumventing laws against child pornography.
In yet another reminder of the disconnect between Hollywood and the American public, the filth has an 86% rating on film reviews website Rotten Tomatoes among critics, but only 15% from the general public (and was in the single digits at one point). The National Center on Sexual Exploitation agrees with the critics, and publicly stated that the movie should’ve never been released by Netflix.
Netflix ended up losing roughly 2.5 million subscribers so far due to the controversy, all of whom paid a minimum of $8.99 per month for the service.
And now backlash aside, they’re facing their first legal troubles as a result of the film. According to Fox News:
Netflix has been indicted on a criminal charge that alleges the streaming giant promotes “lewd visual material” of a child.
The lawsuit centers on the release of the French film “Cuties” that has been mired by controversy since its release last month.
A Tyler County, Texas grand jury moved to return an indictment against Netflix on Sept. 23, Fox News confirmed on Tuesday via court documents.
The complaint alleges Netflix “knowingly” promoted visual material which “depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age at the time the visual material was created, which appeals to the prurient interest in sex, and has no serious, literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.”
The Tyler County District Attorney’s Office released the following statement:
And to conclude with just a completely random fun fact: this year only 3.61% of Netflix employee political contributions have gone to Republicans. In the 2018 cycle it was 0.38%.