Netflix’s CEO Ted Sarandos is defending the French film Cuties after a grand jury in a Texas county indicted the streaming platform for promoting vulgar visuals of children.
Sarandos said it is a coming of age film that has done well in Sundance and has played in European theaters without creating any kind of controversy whatsoever. He also criticized the fact that there is a discussion about censoring storytelling in 2020 America.
The film by Maïmouna Doucouré tells the story of a Senegalese girl living in Paris. She joins a dance troupe at school, which clashes with the traditional Muslim values of her family.
In August, Netflix made an apology for a poster used as marketing material for promoting Cuties. Many people perceived this poster as inappropriate as it showed children in revealing outfits and suggestive poses. However, they later updated the description and the picture.
The French film has been the recipient of mixed reactions, with many viewers rating the movie quite low on IMDB. On Rotten Tomatoes, however, critics have given the movie an aggregate rating of 8.6 out of 10. Maïmouna Doucouré, the director of the film defended it. She said that it pointed out how children are sexualized in our society and why we should talk about it.