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Netflix Indicted In Texas Over 'Cuties' Movie, Streamer Still Stands By The Film

Texas is taking Netflix to court.

The state has indicted the giant streaming service over the context of Cuties, the controversial film which has been criticized by the masses.

The indictment, filed by the Tyler, Texas Grand Jury, accuses Netflix of “knowingly promote visual material which depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age at the time the visual material was created, which appeals to the prurient interest in sex, and has no serious, literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.”

However, the streamer isn’t backing down in taking the movie off the service. In fact, they are standing behind it.

Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children,” a spokesperson for the streamer said in a statement via Deadline. “This charge is without merit and we stand by the film.”

Cuties, if you don’t know, centers on 11-year-old Amy, who starts to rebel against her conservative family’s traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew.

Much of the criticism has been about the dance troupe which models their routines after hip-hop videos, complete with sexualized dance moves and skimpy clothing.

Director Maimouna Doucouré recently opened up about the naysayers over her film. See what she said here…

'Cuties' Director Maimouna Doucouré Responds To The Backlash Over The Netflix Movie

Maimouna Doucouré is speaking out following the massive backlash her movie, Cuties, is getting.

The movie centers on an 11-year-old Senegalese girl in Paris who joins a dance group to escape family dysfunction.

The backlash started after Netflix debuted its key art and a first look at the movie, pointing out the suggestive choreography in the dance group.

“The controversy started with that artwork… The most important [thing] is to watch the film and understand we have the same fight,” Maimouna shared during a virtual panel discussing the movie.

She added that she “thought the film would be accepted” despite the differences between European and American cultures.

“It played to Sundance and was watched by American people there; I met the public there and they really saw that the film is about a universal issue,” she continued. “It’s not about French society — the hyper-sexualization of children happens through social media and social media is everywhere. People [at Sundance] agreed with that.”

Maimouna adds that she wants to “open people’s eyes on this issue and try to fix it” and it’s “important and necessary to create a debate and find solutions as filmmakers, politicians, and within the educational system.”

Netflix previously responded to the backlash about the movie as well, saying that the movie is actually against the sexualization of children. See what they said here…

Netflix Responds to 'Cuties' Backlash, Says Movie Is Actually Against the Sexualization of Children

Netflix is responding to the backlash surrounding the new movie Cuties, which is now available on the streaming service.

Controversy was caused a few weeks ago when a movie poster for the film went viral as it appeared to sexualize underage children. Now, people are saying that the movie as a whole is sexualizing young children and many are calling for a boycott of Netflix.

Cuties is about an eleven-year-old girl named Amy who starts to rebel against her conservative family’s traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew.

Here is what Netflix had to say in a statement (via Variety): “Cuties is a 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.”

Netflix recently released some movies and TV shows for free so that people who don’t have memberships can watch them!

Netflix Apologizes for 'Cuties' Poster That Sexualized Children

Netflix is apologizing for the poster that went viral for their upcoming film Cuties, which appeared to many to sexualize underage children.

“We’re sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for this film. This was not an accurate representation of the film so the image and description has been updated,” Netflix said in a statement amid the backlash to the poster (via Deadline).

The lead actress in the movie is only 11 years old, and the poster was called out as “inappropriate,” “disgusting,” and one user said “Netflix really messed up here.”

You can see a photo of the poster, that has since been deleted, right here.

Cuties is supposed to premiere in September and you can see everything coming to Netflix in September right here.