Netflix is currently promoting an award-winning film, "Cuties," that's being marketed as "a coming-of-age tale" from the streaming giant. But people across the world are expressing outrage with concerns that the movie sexualizes young girls, and a petition has been launched in an effort to have it removed from Netflix.
On Tuesday, Netflix announced that "Cuties" would be coming soon to its platform, sharing the French language film's trailer on Twitter. The promotional plug reads: "Amy, 11, becomes fascinated with a twerking dance crew. Hoping to join them, she starts to explore her femininity, defying her family's traditions."
Watch the trailer below.
The Hollywood News published the full synopsis of the film, which reads:
Eleven-year-old Amy lives with her mom, Mariam, and younger brother, awaiting her father to rejoin the family from Senegal. Amy is fascinated by disobedient neighbor Angelica's free-spirited dance clique, a group that stands in sharp contrast to stoic Mariam's deeply held traditional values. Undeterred by the girls' initial brutal dismissal and eager to escape her family's simmering dysfunction, Amy, through an ignited awareness of her burgeoning femininity, propels the group to enthusiastically embrace an increasingly sensual dance routine, sparking the girls' hope to twerk their way to stardom at a local dance contest.
‘Hyper-Sexualization Of Pre-Adolescent Girls’: Netflix Movie ‘Cuties’ Depicts Young Girl Who Joins Twerking Dance Group https://t.co/TpsSxWff9R— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 20, 2020
Cancel culture, we’ll all make an exception if you have a go at this one https://t.co/GntrAmISsu— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) August 19, 2020
its interesting to compare the french version of the cuties poster to the american version...— kitti (meow) (@yeetdere) August 20, 2020
like the French version has more "kids having fun!" vibes, while the American version is just fucking.... gross.
I feel like the #Netflix marketing team has a lot to answer for. pic.twitter.com/c8QrX0EY75
It is so revealing that the first major @netflix original to centre young Black girls hinges on explicitly sexualising 11 year old children. Whether it’s acting or music, a sexualised image is too often the price of mainstream success for Black women & girls. Disgraceful. pic.twitter.com/18ItsgIZLb— Sister Outrider (@ClaireShrugged) August 20, 2020
Netflix To Air ‘Cuties’ Movie About 11-Year-Olds ‘Twerking Their Way To Stardom’ Through ‘Sensual’ Dancinghttps://t.co/74C0VAFKpf— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) August 20, 2020
This is a review from cuties Netflix movie. pic.twitter.com/tMoDRSb3kf— Katherine (@theycallmeDSK) August 20, 2020
Let not forget who funded and produced the movie”Cuties”, on Netflix. French Director Sylvain de Zangroniz. pic.twitter.com/Gz9MEVJuQf— Casey (@Visiad01) August 20, 2020
Parents & carers need vigilance in protecting children from sexualisation. Every day brings a new Hell. Today’s low is ‘Cuties’ on Netflix. A twerking mess that has 11-year-old girls grinding like pros. Another consequence of strippers becoming pop stars & influencing our young.— Sonia Poulton (@SoniaPoulton) August 20, 2020