Netflix is being dragged into a criminal courtroom in Texas over the controversial film, “Cuties” … a film a grand jury believes shows young kids in sexual situations.
The grand jury in Tyler County, TX just handed up the indictment … and according to the docs, Netflix is being charged with promotion of lewd visual material depicting children. By streaming “Cuties,” Netflix allegedly promoted the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child younger than 18, appealing to the prurient interest in sex.
The criminal indictment — a rare move against a company — also says the movie offers no serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value, and alleges the head honchos at Netflix recklessly authorized and/or tolerated its dissemination through its platform … and, therefore, should be held accountable.
Critics have been very vocal about the controversial film — some feel it encourages the sexual exploitation of pre-teens … some have even used the word “pedophilia” to describe “Cuties.”
The film is about a group of prepubescent girls who form a dance squad and practice moves they see in music videos. At one point, they even dress in revealing outfits and carry themselves like adults.
Ironically, the film's creators have said they intended the film to be a critique of the hypersexualization of kids … but that message has been lost on many viewers.
There was a whole #CancelNetflix movement in the wake of the film's release. Netflix picked up the distribution rights after “Cuties” debuted at Sundance earlier this year.
If convicted, Netflix isn't going to prison. Most likely, the company would be forced to pay criminal fines, and possibly pull the movie from the platform.
A Netflix spokesperson tells us, “‘Cuties' is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. This charge is without merit and we stand by the film.”