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Why ‘#CancelNetflix’ is trending?

A petition against Netflix has been made on Change.org by more than 600,000 people asking Netflix users to cancel their subscriptions. A blackmark has been created on Netflix as broadcasting a French Film called “Cuties” which seems it’s having an inappropriate content.

The petition says, “from Cuties to Big Mouth to other movies mocking religions and exploiting children, Netflix is no longer the family friendly streaming service I once believed it to be!”.  However, a separate petition also has been signed by about 350,000 people with the heading “Petition to remove Cuties from Netflix”.

This isn’t the first occasion that have been attempted to cancel Netflix. Republicans attempted it in 2018 after Netflix’s affirmation that it had signed a multiyear deal with Barack and Michelle Obama to deliver a progression of titles. Recently, individuals took steps to drop Netflix more than 365 Days, a film that petitioners contended celebrated sexual viciousness against women. Furthermore, while individuals are calling for others to drop Netflix over Cuties, there’s a request from fanatics of shows like Jessica Jones, The OA, and Anne with an E, facilitating a “Cancel Netflix” campaign to attempt to focus on their preferred movie series that have been dropped.

“Cuties”, the French movie, which is the presentation highlight of director Maïmouna Doucouré, is about a 11-year-old who joins a dance group named “Cuties” in an offer to get away from family brokenness. The Sundance site portrays the film as a ” spirited film ” that ” depicts the tweens’ youthful energy and vulnerabilities while exploring their fumbling eagerness to be identified as sexualized.”

At the Sundance Film Festival held January this year, the directing award was offered to the movie and the film was getting noticed with the promotions done toward the end of August. The film was felt as more problematic with the promotions since the poster has been designed with a weird picture. An 11-year-old girl who is the major role of the movie is wearing a critical dress (short shorts and a metallic crop top) with few other young girls in the background. They now-deleted description that Netflix initially used read: Amy (the lead) “becomes fascinated with a twerking dance crew” and “starts to explore her femininity, defying her family’s traditions”. However, in a twitter thread there was mentioned, “minors shouldn’t be sexualized like this”. “And the fact that this is a black girl lead makes this even worse…”. after the film get viral.

The displeasure of people on the child porn contents caused “#CancelNetflix ” to trend on Social media vastly. Others have brought up that the way that the film is intended for those in the 18+ age group is risky considering the story itself is around an 11-year old girl.
“This movie/show is disgusting as it sexualizes an ELEVEN year old for the viewing pleasure of pedophiles and also negatively influences our children! There is no need for this kind of content in that age group, especially when sex trafficking and pedophilia are so rampant! There is no excuse, this is dangerous content!” says by the second petition on change.org.

“We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonees/Cuties. It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at the Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description.” Netflix issued an apology on September 20 with the backlash on social media and it has changed the poster and description for the movie after that. However, the opinion of some on Twitter is that changing description or poster is not enough as the content is vulnerable and called for a ban of the film. 

The film released on Netflix US on September 9 and a few critics have called attention to that numerous individuals who are irritated by the film’s contents have just referred to the description and poster since when the backlash began, the film hadn’t been released. Vulture’s film critic Alison Willmore said on Twitter: “So… Netflix bought Maïmouna Doucouré’s MIGNONNES, gave it a misleading poster and summary, and now people are review-bombing it sight unseen on IMDb and Google and petitioning for it to be removed?”


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