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Netflix movie Cuties is slammed for ‘sexualizing’ children with twerking scenes

Netflix is SLAMMED for ‘sexualizing’ children after ‘disgusting’ trailer for new movie Cuties shows tween girls twerking in crop tops and hot pants – as viewers demand it be BANNED

  • The French movie, which is due to be released on Netflix on September 9, tells the story of an 11-year-old Senegalese Muslim girl who joins a dance group 
  • Fathia Youssouf, the actress in the lead role, is just 11 years old
  • Despite the movie not yet being released, the trailer and poster for Cuties shows Fathia and her young co-stars dancing provocatively in skimpy outfits 
  • It has sparked fury online – with many people slamming Netflix for agreeing to broadcast the movie, despite its ‘hypersexualized’ portrayal of children 
  • Dozens of people have demanded that the movie be pulled before its premiere 
  • Cuties has an NC-17 rating – the strictest US rating, which means that nobody under the age of 18 can watch it 
  • One person pointed out that the French poster for the movie is much more innocent – showing the girls shopping – while the US version is very provocative 

A new Netflix film ‘Cuties’ has sparked outrage for showing children dressed provocatively and twerking on camera.

The French film revolves around an 11-year-old Senegalese Muslim girl named Amy, who joins a twerking competition at school, upsetting her mother and going against her family traditions.

The movie, which has an NC-17 rating – the US’s strictest movie rating that means nobody under the age of 18 can watch it – has received major backlash for ‘hyper-sexualizing’ minors.

Controversy: Twitter users have blasted Netflix for showing the French film, which tells the story of an 11-year-old Senegalese Muslim girl, Amy, who joins a school dance group

Controversy: Twitter users have blasted Netflix for showing the French film, which tells the story of an 11-year-old Senegalese Muslim girl, Amy, who joins a school dance group 

Upset: One person pointed out that the Netflix poster for the movie (right) is far more provocative than the original French version

Upset: One person pointed out that the Netflix poster for the movie (right) is far more provocative than the original French version

The movie’s official synopsis reads: ‘Amy, an 11-year-old girl, joins a group of dancers named “the cuties” at school, and rapidly grows aware of her burgeoning femininity – upsetting her mother and her values in the process.’

In the Cuties trailer, which was posted on the official Netflix YouTube account on August 18, Amy – who is portrayed by 11-year-old newcomer Fathia Youssouf – is seen trying to balance her strict religious upbringing with her newfound friend group, all of whom appear to be intent on pushing boundaries by acting and dressing in a way that is far beyond their young years.  

A once-shy Amy is seen growing in confidence – dressing more provocatively, acting against her mother’s wishes, and eventually stealing money to fund a shopping trip for her and her friends.  

At times the tween stars are seen acting like the young girls they are, giggling, having fun and playing – however these scenes are mixed in with clips of the girls practicing overtly sexual dance moves and experimenting with provocative poses.  

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Towards the end of the trailer, the four young stars are seen in what appears to be their final dance performance, for which they don incredibly skimpy outfits – metallic crop tops and tight spandex hot pants – before twerking and body rolling in front of a panel of adults. 

These are also the outfits that the youngsters are wearing in the Netflix poster for the movie – which one Twitter user pointed out is far more ‘sexualized’ and provocative than the original French version, which featured a seemingly-wholesome picture of the girls shopping together.  

Audiences have started a petition to have ‘Cuties’ removed from Netflix which has received almost 20,000 signatures.

Social media users have called out Netflix to ban the film from airing.

One Twitter user wrote: ‘This is f***ing disgusting. Minors shouldn’t be sexualized like this.’

Another added: ‘I’m all for discussing those import[ant] issues, but we don’t have to sexualize young girls to discuss the sexual of young girls. Too much of it happening for real. No need to have it happen for fake.’ 

NewsOpener Netflix movie Cuties is slammed for 'sexualizing' children with twerking scenes

NewsOpener Netflix movie Cuties is slammed for 'sexualizing' children with twerking scenes

'Shame on you Netflix': Social media users were left horrified by the trailer, in which a group of tween girls are seen dancing provocatively in skimpy outfits

‘Shame on you Netflix’: Social media users were left horrified by the trailer, in which a group of tween girls are seen dancing provocatively in skimpy outfits 

Meanwhile, one said: ‘The fact that they used a dark skin lead for this movie…and she’s underage’

The film was directed by Maïmouna Doucouré, a French-Senegalese screenwriter and filmmaker.

Maïmouna received the Directing Award for ‘Cuties’ at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

The movie is due to air on Netflix on September 9.

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