Netflix Slammed For ‘Sexualizing’ Young Girls & Promoting ‘Islamophobia’ In New Movie ‘Cuties’

As soon as the movie ‘Cuties’ aired for streaming, Netflix was slammed for promoting it. Cuties’ main character is Amy, a Senegalese Muslim girl living in a poor French  neighborhood. The film is a French-language film titled ‘Mignonnes’. The writer and director of the movie is Maïmouna Doucouré, who is also Senegalese.

Many people claim that the movie sexualizes children and is promoting Islamophobia. More than 282,000 people signed a petition on asking the streaming service to remove ‘Cuties’.

The petitioners’ post on reads:

The movie ‘Cuties’ shows children dressed provocatively, dancing sexually, and is rated only for adult viewers. It was created for the entertainment of adults who are pedophiles. Please sign the petition to protect our children from exploitation in movies.

Here is what Twitter-users have to say about the Netflix film Cuties:

Following the massive public backlash, Netflix publically apologized for the ‘inappropriate artwork’ used in the film.

The film’s synopsis has also been changed. It originally stated:

Amy, 11, becomes fascinated with a twerking dance crew. Hoping to join them, she starts to explore her femininity, defying her family’s traditions.

Now, it has been changed to:

11-year-old Amy starts to rebel against her conservative family’s traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew.

The film has already premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. On the 9th of September, Cuties is set to premiere on Netflix. Another petition has been signed to cancel the Cuties’ launch on Netflix. Only time will tell what the future holds for Cuties.

What are your thoughts on this? Please share with us in the comment section below.

  • this sounds like a marketing gimmic. Starting these petition only help promote the contents. Beating kids for not adhering to family values is a cultural norm is muslims societies that has nothing to do with Islam it self. Just because it is shown it does not make it islamophobic. I have not seen or planning to see the show so cannot comment on the rest. We really need to start engaging our kids in conversations rather than forcing them to abide by the values that we only pick and choose to follow.

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