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Josh Hawley calls on Netflix to remove ‘Cuties’

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Mary Margaret Olohan on September 11, 2020

Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley demanded that Netflix remove “Cuties” Friday after Netflix defended the film in a Thursday night statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

“In early 2019, journalists first began to report that YouTube videos of children in partial states of exposure were being ‘inundated with comments’ by pedophiles, exposing the children involved in the videos and other children visiting the platform to potential harm,” Hawley wrote in the Friday afternoon letter.

“Now Netflix is airing a film called Cuties depicting children being coached to engage in simulated sexual acts, for cameras both onscreen and off,” he continued.

“Your decision to do so raises major questions of child safety and exploitation, including the possibility of copycat behavior and exploitation of child actors.”

His letter comes after Netflix defended “Cuties” in a Thursday evening statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation, calling the film “powerful” and “award winning.”

“Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children,” a Netflix spokeswoman told the DCNF late Thursday. “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.”

Hawley’s letter poses a number of questions to Netflix.

“Why did your company designate this film with a ‘TV-MA’ for ‘language’ without any mention of its graphic sexual content,” he asked. “In marketing this film, did Netflix consult with any experts or authorities on combating child sexual exploitation or the psychological and emotional impacts of the sexualization of minors?”

He continued, “In marketing this film, did Netflix consult with any law enforcement authorities or experts about the possibility of copycat behavior, such as the viewing and imitation of hardcore pornography, by children who may see this film?”

Hawley also asked whether Netflix took measures to protect the “physical, mental, and emotional health of child actors made to perform simulated sex acts and filmed in sexual or sexually suggestive ways” and whether Netflix chose to market the film “with a poster solely depicting scantily clad preteens in sexually suggestive positions.”

“Why did your company choose to market this film with a poster different from the French original, which depicts children throwing confetti in the street,” he asked. “What internal algorithmic designations has Netflix appended to this film, and what are the primary algorithmic characteristics of the film’s primary viewership as of today, September 11, 2020?”

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    Gerald Cline September 12, 2020

    What the hell is going on…? The “social justice” warriors DEMAND the Boy Scouts appoint pedophiles as Scout Masters because their “civil rights” are being violated. Now those same “social justice” warriors are up on their high moral horse demanding the Boy Scouts be sued into receivership because young boys were molested. DUH…. Transvestites in full clown makeup and drag regalia read bedtime stories to children to prove their lifestyle is an acceptable alternative and normal. Toy companies manufacture dolls with a “tickle button” between their legs to groom little kids to accept pedophilia advances as normal. They produce dolls that have suggestive underwear that appears when wet. California decriminalizes sex with children. NetFlix produces what amounts to child pornography featuring adolescent girls dressed like strippers in a sex club, wiggling around on stage in simulated sex acts and calls it ‘…an award winning film’ and ‘powerful story….’ Excuse me…? Am I the only one who see a pattern here to NORMALIZE pedophilia as “just an alternative sexual orientation that is perfectly acceptable lifestyle…?!?!?” This is sick…!?!?!

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    Joe Worker September 12, 2020

    Gerald Cline you are not alone. I totally agree with your assessment of the State of Today.
    I call on everyone to CANCEL NETFLIX!

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    Allan Roberts September 13, 2020

    God help us. Where are the Chrtstians???? Where are the Catholics? Oh, that is right. Their priests, bishops and cardinals are signed up to get their own copies.
    Want to know what the Bible says about this?? Laodicea.

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    JohnR September 13, 2020

    Right on target! Creep crap Netflix needs to remove this trash.

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