Netflix is SLAMMED for ‘sexualizing’ children after ‘disgusting’ trailer for new movie Cuties shows tween girls twerking in crop tops and hot pants – as viewers demand it be BANNED
- The French movie, which is due to be released on Netflix on September 9, tells the story of an 11-year-old Senegalese Muslim girl who joins a dance group
- Fathia Youssouf, the actress in the lead role, is just 11 years old
- Despite the movie not yet being released, the trailer and poster for Cuties shows Fathia and her young co-stars dancing provocatively in skimpy outfits
- It has sparked fury online – with many people slamming Netflix for agreeing to broadcast the movie, despite its ‘hypersexualized’ portrayal of children
- Dozens of people have demanded that the movie be pulled before its premiere
- Cuties has an NC-17 rating – the strictest US rating, which means that nobody under the age of 18 can watch it
- One person pointed out that the French poster for the movie is much more innocent – showing the girls shopping – while the US version is very provocative
A new Netflix film ‘Cuties’ has sparked outrage for showing children dressed provocatively and twerking on camera.
The French film revolves around an 11-year-old Senegalese Muslim girl named Amy, who joins a twerking competition at school, upsetting her mother and going against her family traditions, while attempting to embrace her ‘burgeoning femininity’ through ‘sensual dance moves’.
Despite not yet making it to Netflix, Cuties, which has an NC-17 rating – the US’s strictest movie rating that means nobody under the age of 18 can watch it – has already received major backlash for ‘hyper-sexualizing’ minors thanks to its incredibly provocative trailer and poster.
Fury: A new Netflix movie, Cuties, has prompted outrage from viewers for ‘sexualizing’ children after a poster and trailer showed tween girls twerking in crop tops and hot pants
Controversy: Twitter users have blasted Netflix for showing the French film, which tells the story of an 11-year-old Senegalese Muslim girl, Amy, who joins a school dance group
Upset: One person pointed out that the Netflix poster for the movie (right) is far more provocative than the original French version
The movie’s official synopsis reads: ’11-year-old Amy lives with her mom, Mariam, and younger brother, awaiting her father to rejoin the family from Senegal.
‘Amy is fascinated by disobedient neighbor Angelica’s free-spirited dance clique, a group that stands in sharp contrast to stoic Mariam’s deeply held traditional values.
‘Undeterred by the girls’ initial brutal dismissal and eager to escape her family’s simmering dysfunction, Amy, through an ignited awareness of her burgeoning femininity, propels the group to enthusiastically embrace an increasingly sensual dance routine, sparking the girls’ hope to twerk their way to stardom at a local dance contest.’
In the Cuties trailer, which was posted on the official Netflix YouTube account on August 18, Amy – who is portrayed by 11-year-old newcomer Fathia Youssouf – is seen trying to balance her strict religious upbringing with her newfound friend group, all of whom appear to be intent on pushing boundaries by acting and dressing in a way that is far beyond their young years.
A once-shy Amy is seen growing in confidence – dressing more provocatively, acting against her mother’s wishes, and eventually stealing money to fund a shopping trip for her and her friends.
At times the tween stars are seen acting like the young girls they are, giggling, having fun and playing – however these scenes are mixed in with clips of the girls practicing overtly sexual dance moves and experimenting with provocative poses.
Towards the end of the trailer, the four young stars are seen in what appears to be their final dance performance, for which they don incredibly skimpy outfits – metallic crop tops and tight spandex hot pants – before twerking and body rolling in front of a panel of adults.
Panned: In the trailer, Amy (seen in the green T-shirt) joins a group of dancers at her school, and the young girls are seen practicing provocative dance moves and sexy poses
Pushing boundaries: The young stars model incredibly adult outfits throughout the trailer
‘Reprehensible’: Social media users have been quick to slam the trailer – while calling for the movie to be banned from Netfix before its September 9 premiere
These are also the outfits that the youngsters are wearing in the Netflix poster for the movie – which one Twitter user pointed out is far more ‘sexualized’ and provocative than the original French version, which featured a seemingly-wholesome picture of the girls shopping together.
‘It’s interesting to compare the French version of the Cuties poster to the American version… like the French version has more “kids having fun!” vibes, while the American version is just f*****g…. gross,’ the user pointed out, while sharing a side-by-side comparison of the two posters.
‘I feel like the #Netflix marketing team has a lot to answer for.’
Another person called out the fact that even Netflix’s blurb about the movie fails to highlight the fact that Cuties is meant to be a commentary on the fact that young girls are being increasingly ‘hyper-sexualized’ by society – instead choosing to focus solely on its young star’s ‘fascination with twerking’.
‘The thing about the Netflix campaign for Cuties is how disgustingly sexualized these girls are,’ the person wrote.
‘Compare the poster and blurb from Netflix versus the ones on IMDb, s**t is as different as night and day. Someone should get fired.’
The Netflix blurb shared by the user says: ‘Amy, 11, becomes fascinated with a twerking dance crew. Hoping to join them, she stars to explore her femininity, defying her family’s traditions.’
‘Shame on you Netflix’: Social media users were left horrified by the trailer, in which a group of tween girls are seen dancing provocatively in skimpy outfits
However, on IMDB, the movie blurb doesn’t include any mention of twerking, instead detailing: ‘Amy, an 11-year-old girl, joins a group of dancers named “the cuties” at school, and rapidly grows aware of her burgeoning femininity – upsetting her mother and her values in the process.’
Audiences have started a petition to have Cuties removed from Netflix, which has received almost 20,000 signatures.
Others have shared their outrage on social media, with dozens of Twitter users voicing fury about the sexual nature of the movie – and Netflix’s decision to promote Cuties through provocative imagery.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘This is f***ing disgusting. Minors shouldn’t be sexualized like this.’
Another added: ‘I’m all for discussing those import[ant] issues, but we don’t have to sexualize young girls to discuss the sexual of young girls. Too much of it happening for real. No need to have it happen for fake.’
The film was directed by Maïmouna Doucouré, a French-Senegalese screenwriter and filmmaker.
Maïmouna received the Directing Award for ‘Cuties’ at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.
The movie is due to air on Netflix on September 9.