The French movie “Cuties,” or “Mignonnes,” tells the story of an 11-year-old Muslim lady who turns into concerned in a dance crew regardless of her household’s conservative traditions — however has change into massively controversial for its perceived sexualization of little women.
More than 610,000 individuals have signed a Change.org petition demanding Netflix subscribers cancel their subscriptions in protest of the corporate’s resolution to stream the movie starting Sept. 9.
Despite the general public outcry, together with the #CancelNetflix Twitter pattern, the streaming large is standing by the film, recommending that critics really watch it earlier than condemning it.
“ ’Cuties’ is a social commentary in opposition to the sexualization of younger youngsters,” a Netflix spokesperson instructed The Post. “It’s an award-winning movie and a strong story concerning the strain younger women face on social media and from society extra usually rising up — and we’d encourage anybody who cares about these vital points to watch the film.”
The film’s author and director, Maïmouna Doucouré — who, just like the movie’s fundamental character Amy, is Senegalese — spent a yr researching the movie, interviewing native youngsters within the space the film is about about their conduct and motives.
Still, many social media customers have expressed that they discover any portrayal of kid sexualization to be abominable.
“When you name a film ‘Cuties’ and put it up for sale like this: That’s sexualizing 11yr outdated youngsters,” wrote @iDavid76. “Shame on you, @Netflix.”
Doucouré stated she’s obtained harsh criticism on-line and even obtained some loss of life threats, main Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos to name her immediately to apologize.
“I obtained quite a few assaults on my character from individuals who had not seen the movie, who thought I used to be really making a movie that was apologetic about hypersexualization of kids,” she instructed Deadline. “I additionally obtained quite a few loss of life threats.”
Others imagine the movie to have benefit however that Netflix simply marketed it poorly. “So… Netflix purchased Maïmouna Doucouré’s MIGNONNES, gave it a deceptive poster and abstract, and now individuals are review-bombing it sight unseen on IMDb and Google and petitioning for it to be eliminated?” tweeted Vulture movie critic Alison Willmore.
Film critic Richard Brody argued within the New Yorker that haters have wholly missed the purpose of the movie, which in reality critiques the constructions which lead to baby sexualization.
“The topic of ‘Cuties’ isn’t twerking; it’s youngsters, particularly poor and nonwhite youngsters, who’re disadvantaged of the sources — the schooling, the emotional help, the open household dialogue — to put sexualized media and popular culture into perspective,” he wrote, noting that he doubts lots of the “scandal-mongers” have really seen the movie they’re so passionately in opposition to.
“Cuties” doesn’t have a good time youngsters behaving sexually, he argued, however somewhat “it dramatizes the difficulties of rising up feminine in a sexualized and commercialized media tradition.”