Netflix defends 'Cuties' as 'social commentary' against sexualization of children

Netflix defends 'Cuties' as 'social commentary' against sexualization of children
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Netflix is defending its French film “Cuties” after a considerable backlash on social media, arguing it is a "social commentary against the sexualization of young children.”

“‘Cuties’ is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a Friday statement as the "CancelNetflix" hashtag trended to the top of Twitter on Thursday.

Critics have argued that the film sexualizes children. Netflix issued an apology last month for promotional material for "Cuties," saying it was "deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork" which it said was "not representative" of the film.

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"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,” the spokesman said.

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A Change.org petition that has collected more than 600,000 signatures calls for the movie to be removed from Netflix. 

The film began streaming on Sept. 9, delivering an 88 percent positive rating from film critics but just a 3 percent positive audience score, according to the Rotten Tomatoes website.