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Parents Television Council commends indictment of Netflix over ‘Cuties’

The Parents Television Council released a statement about the indictment of Netflix by a grand jury in Texas.

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

The Parents Television Council said in a statement Wednesday that it commends a Texas jury for issuing an indictment on Netflix.

  • “We applaud the bold action to investigate Netflix for its sexualized depiction of 11-year-old girls in the film ‘Cuties.’ The admirable intention of the film to raise awareness of the pressure girls have in today’s sexualized culture is entirely obviated by the sexualization and exploitation depicted in the film. ‘Cuties’ is only the latest example of a host of programs that should be scrutinized because they sexually exploit children. It is time for Netflix to be held to account for enabling these kinds of programs to exist on its platform,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

The context:

  • A grand jury recently filed an indictment against Netflix for lewd visual material depicting a child in the Netflix film “Cuties,” a rather controversial film where a young girl joins a sexualized dance crew, according to NBC News.
  • The indictment — filed in Texas — said Netflix has promoted, distributed and exhibited material that “depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age” for the “prurient interest in sex.”

What else?

Utah Sen. Mike Lee has been helping lead the charge against the film, calling on Netflix to cease distribution of the controversial film.

  • “Until it does so, Netflix lacks the moral standing to speak to any cultural issue,” he said.