Netflix faces criminal charge over ‘Cuties,’ promoting ‘lewd material of children’

Netflix is now facing criminal charges for “Cuties,” a show which faced immense backlash for sexualizing children while attempting to highlight issue of racism. A Texas county grand jury indicted the streaming giant for promoting “lewd” visual material “against peace and dignity of state.” The one-page indictment also states that the film held no serious “literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.”

The document states that Netflix promoted, distributed and exhibited material that “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” for the “prurient interest in sex.”

Two analytics companies that track Netflix subscribers reported in September that the streaming service saw an uptick in cancellations amid the controversy over the coming-of-age film, which some critics say sexualizes young girls. Shortly after the movie was released, #CancelNetflix also went trending on social media for allegedly sexualizing 11-year-old girls in its promotional poster. Netflix later apologized for the “inappropriate artwork”, saying it was not representative of the film.

Source: USA Today