Written by PTC | Published October 15, 2020
LOS ANGELES (October 15, 2020) – The Parents Television Council and Enough is Enough have called on U.S. Attorney General William Barr to investigate Netflix to see if the company violated federal statutes against child pornography over Cuties. In a letter to the Attorney General, the organizations are also calling attention “to a broader, consistent pattern of Netflix sexualizing children” in its programs. Netflix was recently handed an indictment by a grand jury in Tyler County, Texas, for the “promotion of lewd visual material depicting [a] child” in Cuties.
Cuties features scenes of 11-year-old girls performing highly eroticized dance routines. Additionally, the 11-year-old main female character is depicted pulling her pants and underpants down to photograph her genitals, which she then posts online. A later scene depicts her disrobing in an attempt to seduce an adult man (who is a family member).
“We are urging the Attorney General to thoroughly investigate whether Netflix has violated federal law in its distribution of the film Cuties. If the Texas grand jury’s indictment is any indication, then a federal investigation is warranted. It is time for Netflix to be held to account for its apparent infatuation with sexualizing children in its entertainment programming, of which Cuties is one of many examples,” said PTC President Tim Winter.
“At a time in America in which the sexual exploitation of children in the digital world has escalated exponentially during COVID and virtual learning, Cuties is only throwing gasoline on the fire by giving dangerous permission-giving beliefs to young girls that sexting, dancing provocatively and seducing adult men is desirable, acceptable and safe,” said Donna Rice Hughes, president of Enough Is Enough. “Furthermore, the film whets the appetites of sexual predators and sexually exploits the young girls that the film’s producers purport to care about. It’s past time for Netflix and other streaming platforms to get on board with America’s zero-tolerance policy of child pornography or face criminal charges.”
The letter points out that Netflix hosts other programs that sexualize children:
Concerned citizens are urged to sign the EIE petition for DOJ to investigate Netflix film Cuties on child pornography violations and the PTC petition calling on for Netflix to remove Cuties from its streaming platform.