WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A grand jury in Tyler County, Texas, has formally indicted Netflix for the controversial Netflix movie Cuties.
- The indictment is over the lewd visual material exploiting the young stars in the movie.
- News of the indictment fired up a new round of #CancelNetflix posts on Twitter.
When the controversial French film, Cuties, premiered on Netflix last month, it kicked off the social media campaign #CancelNetflix. It’s quieted down in recent weeks, but the movie’s critics and Netflix have taken the battle to another front.
Matt Schaefer, Texas Representative, said in a Twitter post that a grand jury in Tyler County has formally indicted Netflix over the movie for its alleged exploitation of its young stars.
In his post, Schaefer wrote that Cuties was indicted for depicting “lewd exhibition of pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 yrs of age which appeals to prurient interest in sex.”
A Netflix spokesperson argued through a statement given to Yahoo Entertainment that Cuties is a “social commentary against the sexualization of young children.”
The company continues to stand in support of the movie and Maïmouna Doucouré, the film’s director. Doucouré has previously said that the film’s plot was based on her own life story as a child of Senegalese immigrants in France. She said the movie echoes her own observations and concerns for young girls who are growing up in the era of social media.
Other politicians who spoke out publicly against the film include Ted Cruz (Texas Senator), Christine Pelosi (daughter of Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi), as well as Utah Senator Mike Lee.
#CancelNetflix posts have gained traction once more on Twitter with the news of the indictment. It is still unclear if the case will see the inside of a courtroom.