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Netflix CEO recently defended ‘Cuties,’ saying it was misunderstood

Netflix Chief Executive Ted Sarandos said people misunderstood the French film

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This image released by Netflix shows the cast of the coming-of-age film “Cuties.” The backlash to the French independent film “Mignonnes,” or “Cuties,” started before it had even been released because of a poster that went viral for its provocative depiction of its young female actors.

This image released by Netflix shows the cast of the coming-of-age film “Cuties.” The backlash to the French independent film “Mignonnes,” or “Cuties,” started before it had even been released because of a poster that went viral for its provocative depiction of its young female actors.

Netflix via Associated Press

Netflix chief executive Ted Sarandos recently defended the French film “Cuties,” which drew criticism and accusations of sexualizing young girls.

What’s going on?

Sarandos defended the film — which tells the story of a young Senegalese girl in France who rebels against her conservative family — at the virtual Mipcom marketing event, Deadline reports.

  • “It’s a little surprising in 2020 America that we’re having a discussion about censoring storytelling,” Sarandos said, according to Deadline. “It’s a film that is very misunderstood with some audiences, uniquely within the United States.

  • “The film speaks for itself. It’s a very personal coming-of-age film. It’s the director’s story, and the film has obviously played very well at Sundance without any of this controversy and played in theaters throughout Europe without any of this controversy.”

Sarandos said Netflix did not do anything to change “Cuties” content before it was released in September.

Flashback:

“Cuties” ignited a major controversy around the world with Netflix investors and subscribers canceling their Netflix subscriptions in response, which I wrote about for Deseret.

YipitData, a global research firm, recently told Fox Business that Netflix’s churn numbers (number of people who drop the subscription service) increased a lot because of “Cuties.”

  • Utahwas among the top states to cancel their Netflix accounts over the film.

Utah Sen. Mike Leecalled for Netflix to cease distribution of the film, too, according to Deseret. he called on the Department of Justice to investigate the company.

  • “Asked whether the sexualization of young girls depicted in ‘Cuties’ constituted criminal conduct, Netflix offered only conclusory statements in denial. I am not convinced,” said Lee, who believes the Department of Justice should investigate the company.
  • “But setting aside the legal question, there is a more pressing moral question. Netflix itself acknowledges that the conduct of the young girls in ‘Cuties’ is ‘inappropriate, shameful and a hallmark of a cultural failing.’ I couldn’t agree more.”
  • “What I cannot understand, however, is how Netflix can condemn the conduct depicted in ‘Cuties,’ while celebrating the film and filmmakers who asked several underage girls to stand in front of a camera and engage in that same ‘inappropriate, shameful’ conduct for all the world to see.”