A Tyler County Grand Jury has indicted Netflix for promoting the “lewd exhibition” of children. After speaking out alongside other Texas politicians against the French Netflix film Cuties and asking the state attorney general’s office to investigate the film for violations, Texas Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler) tweeted a photo of the indictment this morning.
H/T: The Texan
“Netflix, Inc… knowingly promote[d] 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,” the indictment reads.
“If this is legal, then literally anybody with a camera can get an underage girl, very young girl, and have her do nearly anything as long as there is the thinnest piece of fabric covering her body,” Schaefer told The Texan last month. “Ultimately, we have to realize that this film is gonna be seen by a lot of 12, 13, 14, 15, 16-year old boys. How is that not material harmful to a minor?”
“We have no plans to remove the film at this time,” a Netflix representative stated in a phone call, asserting that the marketing material was not reflective of the movie's message which purportedly is “commentary on the negative effects of the sexualization of young girls in the press and on social media.”
Netflix, Inc. indicted by grand jury in Tyler Co., Tx for promoting material in Cuties film which depicts lewd exhibition of pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 yrs of age which appeals to the prurient interest in sex #Cuties #txlege pic.twitter.com/UJ1hY8XJ2l— Matt Schaefer (@RepMattSchaefer) October 6, 2020
In response to the indictment, Netflix said "they stand by" the film. "Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. This charge is without merit and we stand by the film," Netflix said in a statement.https://t.co/lvQif53HhY— Barrett Wilson (@BarrettWilson6) October 6, 2020
Texas Grand Jury Indicts Netflix For Child Porn Depicted In ‘Cuties’ Filmhttps://t.co/LnjfCeGRrY— The Federalist (@FDRLST) October 6, 2020
🚨BREAKING🚨— Rogan O’Handley 🇺🇸 (@DC_Draino) October 6, 2020
Netflix has been indicted by a Texas grand jury for promoting “lewd visual material” of a child in connection to the release of “Cuties”
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Child porn is NOT okay!— NWrain (@nwgoboating) October 6, 2020
It is unacceptable by every standard known to a civilized society.
Grand jury hands down indictment against Netflix for 'promotion of lewd visual material depicting child' in response to "Cuties" documentaryhttps://t.co/hcDnc19RDn