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Are people really canceling Netflix because of ‘Cuties’ controversy? Yes, research suggests

Netflix investors may be dropping the streaming service over ‘Cuties.’

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.
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Netflix investors and subscribers might actually be dropping the streaming service after all because of the scandal surrounding the French film “Cuties.”

YipitData, a global research firm, recently told Fox Business that Netflix’s churn numbers — which refers to the number of people who drop the subscription service — has increased significantly since the film’s release.

  • In fact, the churn has reached a multi-year high that was about eight times higher than back in August, Fox Business reports.

The data comes as Netflix faces controversy over the film “Cuties,” which featured sexualized portrayals of young children. An online petition has asked for people to unsubscribe from Netflix in response.

  • “Do not let political divides steer us away from cancelling ‘Cuties.’ Regardless if you’re voting for Trump or Biden in November, America, stand up for what is right,” wrote Twitter user Michael Phillips, using the hashtag #CancelNetflix.

Netflix apologized for the poster of the film — which showed the young girls in their dance outfits — in a statement given to Deadline.

  • “We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for ‘Cuties.’ It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which premiered at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description,” the company’s statement said.