16 Sep 2020: Why is Netflix's 'Cuties' receiving so much hatred
It has been a disastrous start for filmmaker Maïmouna Doucouré, who expected that her film Cuties would get recognition similar to the Directing Award at the Sundance Festival.
But one wacky poster showing the girls in seemingly sexualized dance postures have snowballed into a foul political propaganda.
However, Netflix is not apologizing again, as it is time to understand the purpose of the film.
Allegation: #CancelNetflix is trending; parents term 'Cuties' inappropriate to watch
'CancelNetflix' is a hashtag that's trending now as more and more parents have found the film inappropriate to watch.
They suggest that Netflix is apparently promoting child pornography by streaming this film since September 9.
The narrative supporting their argument, they believe, is how children are breaking into sexual twerks and are randomly throwing words such as "child molester" casually and dangerously.
Fact: "Cuties will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles"
Falsification: Wrong allegations leveled against the film based on incomplete information
What's even more worrying is that these allegations are not even based on complete information.
Demanding a Department of Justice probe into the making of the film and campaigning to urge Netflix subscribers to quit it are based on some incorrect facts.
For instance, some users have alleged nudity in the film but there is no such scene.
Real reason: "I want to open people's eyes on this issue"
Doucouré, on her part, clarified how people at Sundance related to the real purpose of the movie, which highlights how social media can goad children to sexualize themselves prematurely.
"Hyper-sexualization of children happens through social media and social media is everywhere. We need to protect children. What I want is to open people's eyes on this issue and try to fix it," she asserted.
Comment: Actor Tessa Thompson voices support, says "the film gutted me"
Voicing support, actor Tessa Thompson is finally injecting some sense into this messed-up debate over the film.
Tweeting about her experience of watching it at Sundance, she said, "It gutted me at [Sundance]....Disappointed to see how it was positioned in terms of marketing."
Writer Caz Armstrong commented how putting out a provocative poster wrongs the film's purpose of criticizing preadolescent hyper-sexualization.