Netflix is getting into increasing trouble after learning that the best way to make a statement about child sexualization is NOT to purvey it – or anything approaching it – with your streaming service.
A grand jury in Tyler County, Texas has indicted the internet television giant for promotion of lewd visual material depicting a child after it added the film Cuties to its lineup, according to KVUE ABC News.
The movie is about an 11-year old Senegalese Muslim girl in France who goes against her conservative family traditions and embraces social media sex and her role in a dirty-dancing troupe of girls, only to find that neither extreme is good for women. Several scenes feature extremely suggestive dancing by the underage girls.
According to the indictment, Netflix is supplying “visual material which 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 at the time the visual material was created, which appeals to the prurient interest in sex and has no serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value …”
The indictment was filed in the 1A District Court of Tyler County on Sept. 23.
The hashtag #CancelNetfix came into being as viewers learned about the film’s depiction of underage girls learning about the sexualization of women on social media.
In September, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called for the Department of Justice to investigate whether Netflix broke federal laws covering the production and distribution of child pornography after the release of the film.