Netizens are furious after Netflix began advertising an upcoming film which many are saying is a pedophile’s dream.
Cuties, directed by French-Senegalese screenwriter Maïmouna Doucouré, will be available on Netflix on September 9, and is the story of an 11-year-old girl who becomes “fascinated with a twerking dance crew.” The plot goes on to say that the 11-year-old, named Amy, “starts to explore her femininity.”
The poster for the upcoming movie includes a number of very young-looking girls dressed in salacious costumes, short skirts, bralettes, baring their midriffs as they pose in provocative positions, including one girl on her hands and knees.
In the official trailer for Cuties, it is revealed Amy is a young girl from Africa whose fascination with dancing appears to come from her desire to escape her repressive, traditionalist family. She does this by joining a group of her peers, training to participate in a twerking competition. Even the short trailer contains many scenes which some could find questionable.
While Netflix is advertising the upcoming flick as a “coming of age tale,” many people have taken to Twitter to express outrage at the sexualization of young girls.
Other social media users are directly tagging Netflix, demanding they remove the film or explain their reasoning for purchasing the rights to it.
One user even created a Change.org petition demanding the movie-sharing platform reconsider its upcoming release of Cuties.
As of August 19, the petition has over 1,300 signatures and is growing rapidly.