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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on 'Cuties' film: 'Netflix, you are now complicit #CancelNetflix'

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard called out Netflix for streaming the contentious Cuties film that "will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles" and "fuel the child sex trafficking trade."

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on 'Cuties' film: 'Netflix, you are now complicit #CancelNetflix'
Mia Cathell The Post Millennial
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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard called out Netflix for streaming the contentious Cuties film that "will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles" and "fuel the child sex trafficking trade."

Gabbard took to Twitter tonight to expose the streaming platform's decision to acquire the worldwide rights to the French movie prior to its premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and transmit child pornographic content on international screens.

"1 in 4 victims of trafficking are children," the Hawaii representative tweeted with an accompanying personal anecdote. "It happened to my friend's 13 year old daughter."

Child trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal enterprise in the world, Operation Underground Railroad states. The movement's founder Tim Ballard cited 2020 as a horrific year for child-related crimes due to the pandemic lockdowns.

"Kids are taken out of the infrastructures that keep them safe," Ballard remarked in a viral Instagram video. "They're told to sit on their smartphones and their laptops, and the pedophiles are doing the same thing. They're also home, jobless, and they're accessing our kids."

Since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has witnessed a 90 percent increase in CyberTipline reports between January and June this year versus the same period in 2019.

"Netflix, you are now complicit,"Gabbard pointed a finger at the cinematic media giant, signing off with #CancelNetflix—a hashtag that topped all trendings topic in the United States on Twitter yesterday just a day after the film's debut.

While numerous conservatives are cancelling their subscriptions, Netflix stands behind what it calls "social commentary against the sexualization of young children," an "award winning film," and "a powerful story."

"We have no plans to remove the film at this time," a Netflix representative told The Post Millennial.

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