“Mignonnes” is once again wrongly accused, and this time … by senators!

In the United States, despite Netflix’s apologies, the misunderstanding around the French film Cute by Maïmouna Doucouré is gaining momentum.

Last August, Netflix decided to promote Maïmouna Doucouré’s film by choosing an image from the film sexualizing very young heroines. Stopping at the visual alone, many people called for a boycott of Cuties (Cute in US version). However, it suffices to see the feature film to understand that the purpose of the filmmaker Maïmouna Doucouré is precisely to point the finger at the hypersexualized culture in which children grow up and not to promote and disseminate pornographic images …

Yet this is precisely what Republican senators accuse him of today, and this despite the explanations given by Netflix. On August 20, the platform changed the poster and issued an apology, confirming that the image of little girls taking suggestive poses was not representative of the film.

We are deeply sorry for the inappropriate image we have used to Cute/Cuties. It was not OK, nor representative of this French film awarded at Sundance. We have changed the poster as well as the description of the film.

I did some research: the director is a Franco-Senegalese woman who was inspired by her own experience as an immigrant and who comments in her film on the hypersexualization of preadolescents. But look at the original poster versus the Netflix one.

A scandal recovered for political ends

To date, nearly 650,000 people have signed the petition of a scandalized Canadian mother, who calls for the removal of the film uploaded across the Atlantic on September 9 on the platform.

Republican elected officials took the opportunity and resumed the controversy to glean a few additional voters. So Indiana elected official Jim Banks, Senators Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton and Josh Hawley have publicly called for an investigation. The latter even sent a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to withdraw Cute of the catalog. Because, according to him, the film “shows children trained to simulate sexual acts”.

Netflix should explain to the public why they are distributing a movie, Cute, which clearly exploits children sexually and endangers the well-being of children

>> To read also: The Netflix poster of “Mignonnes” creates controversy

Attacks multiply

According to BusinessInsider, the Texan Ted Cruz, for his part, made full contact with the American Attorney General William Barr, so that the Department of Justice gets involved and determines “whether Netflix, its officers or the individuals involved in the filming and production of Cute violated federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography “. His initiative was supported by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, who wants “rapid measures”. A Democratic representative joined the list, former 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard. The elected from Hawaii took over the hashtag #CancelNetflix to accuse Netflix of participating in child sex trafficking.

“Cuties” child pornography will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles and help fuel the child sex trade. One in four victims of human trafficking is a child. It happened to my friend’s daughter, she was 13 years old. Netflix, you are now an accomplice. #CancelNetflix

Netflix resists

Fortunately, the platform has not let go of the French filmmaker Maïmouna Doucouré and continues to support the film. Cute, very well received by the specialized press, is according to their spokesperson: “a social commentary against the sexualization of young children”. Netflix’s official statement is extremely clear in the face of all of these illegitimate accusations: “This is an award-winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media, and from society in general as they grow up – and we encourage all who care about these important issues watching the movie. “

If you still have any doubts, the film is still in theaters and we recommend that you go with your children to make them think about it.

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