The QAnon conspiracy theory is once again being ridiculed by mainstream outlets for the group's desire to end pedophile rings. This time via Axios, who published an article by three people, Sara Fischer, Stef W. Kight, and Orion Rummler, on Monday criticizing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's push for controversial Netflix film Cuties to be investigated.
Axios poured scorn on GOP politicians by stating on Twitter that their stance was "linked to a child sex trafficking conspiracy theory central to the QAnon movement." That post has since been deleted, and the article has since removed all mention of QAnon.
Cuties—a film which depicts child actresses dancing sexually, discussing sexuality, blowing up condoms like balloons, and several other depravities—has been widely criticized by horrified onlookers, not just QAnon. The film reached number one on Twitter's "Trending" tab, and an online change.org petition to have the movie removed from the streaming service has reached over 612,000 signatures at the time of publishing.
"[I]t is likely that the filming of this movie created even more explicit and abusive scenes, and that pedophiles across the world in the future will manipulate and imitate this film in abusive ways," wrote Sen. Cruz on Sunday.
Axios admits so much, noting that "the film does appear to be sexually suggestive in its marketing materials, which show young girls scantily clad in dancing outfits and flirting with older boys." This is somehow all defused by Netflix's statement on the film, calling it "social commentary against the sexualization of young children."
"The media is bizarre," wrote Sen. Cruz in a response to Axios. "Opposing child porn is not a 'QAnon conspiracy.'"
Other outlets that have criticized the "far-right obession" with pedophilia include Rolling Stone, Buzzfeed News, Slate, MotherJones, NBC's Ben Collins, who called the post "well framed," and other left-wing heaps of trash.
The original parental guide for the film noted that the film had "many highly sexualized & erotic dance scenes that purposefully exploit & objectify numerous scantily clad under age girls."
"One of the female child dancers lifts up her cropped top to fully display her bare breast," IMDB noted. "This is lawfully defined as pedophilia and can be extremely distressing to many viewers."
That parental guide was eventually watered down, removing any mention of pedophilia.