Calls to boycott Netflix over French film Cuties
The release of the French film Cuties has resulted in thousands of people calling for Netflix to be boycotted.
Thousands of people on social media have called for people to boycott Netflix over the release of a french film.
The movie in question, entitled Cuties, follows Amy, an 11-year-old Muslim girl who joins a group of dancers at school and rapidly grows aware of her burgeoning femininity — upsetting her mother and her values.
The film's critics have said that the movie sexualises infants, while Netflix have responded by saying that that controversial subject is precisely what the movie is about.
A Netflix spokesperson said: "Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualisation of young children.
"It's an award-winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up, and we'd encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie."
Thousands of people tweeted the hashtag #CancelNetflix, making it the number one trending topic on Twitter in the United States on Thursday.
When the trailer was released, Netflix issued an apology for allegedly using the wrong artwork for the film.
A spokesperson for Netflix said: "We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Cuties. It was not okay, nor was it representative of this French film which premiered at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description."
The film, which received a director's award at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, was released on Netflix on 9 September.