The international streaming provider Netflix is seeing a major spike in subscription cancellations since airing the controversial series “Cuties,” among widespread criticism from people all over the net.
“Cuties”, which was launched just a week ago on September 9th, has proven to be a huge problem for the media giant, at a level they have never encountered before.
The hashtag #CancelNetflix has gone viral, and has been circulating all over social media worldwide this week. And people have been responding en masse, with eight times the normal amount of subscription cancellations in the past week, according to Variety who cited research from YipitData.
As things stand today, Netflix has offered apologies and issued statements regarding what they admitted was an inappropriate poster for the series. However, they have not made any attempts to pull the series, and have stood behind it, along with director Maimouna Doucoure. A Netflix spokesperson said:
“’Cuties’ is social commentary against the sexualization of young children. It’s an award-winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up – and we’d encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie.”
US politicians on both sides of the political spectrum have publicly and strongly disagreed with Netflix. Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said, “@netflix child porn ‘Cuties’ will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade. 1 in 4 victims of trafficking are children. It happened to my friend’s 13-year-old daughter. Netflix, you are now complicit. #CancelNetflix,”
Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican, echoed those sentiments, “We all have a duty to protect the children under our care. When adults fail in that duty, young lives are harmed, predators are emboldened, and society itself is coarsened as a consequence. No “art” or “social commentary” can justify such a moral outrage.”
Texas Republican Ted Cruz took things a step further, writing in a letter to the US Attorney General:
“The film routinely fetishizes and sexualizes these pre-adolescent girls as they perform dances simulating sexual conduct in revealing clothing, including at least one scene with partial child nudity. These scenes in and of themselves are harmful. And it 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,”