Over the years, Netflix has seen its fair share of controversy. However, many are willing to admit that none can compare to the controversy the streaming service is dealing with this week.
It all centers around the internet streaming service’s decision to air the French film Cuties. Having originally come under fire for a promotional poster for the series in August, as of this morning, #CancelNetflix was the number Twitter trending topic.
The poster, which showed pre-teen girls in very suggestive sexual dance poses, received instant reactions on social media across the internet. It didn’t help that the synopsis of the series made mention of the young girls and the depicted dance moves on the poster. Netflix pulled the poster, revised its synopsis, and apologized for the indiscretion.
However, the series debuted as scheduled on the streaming service yesterday, September 9th, and people are more than upset and up in arms over it. As a result, a petition has gone into circulation that speaks out to encourage those viewers of Netflix to cancel their subscriptions in protest of the platform’s decision to go ahead and stream the movie.
In the petition, it calls to mention that the streaming platform, through its offering of Cuties and other such material, is “exploiting children and creates a disturbing vibe.” As of today, the petition has reportedly garnered over 600,000 signatures in support.
Cuties received positive reviews during its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019. However, many are furious over the movie with Melissa Henson, program director of the Parents Television Group saying:
“Although the film tackles an important topic, one that under different circumstances we might even applaud, it’s the way the film goes about it that’s problematic.”
If the tweets on Twitter today are any indication, there are a lot of people upset with the movie, and Netflix decision to air it. It was also noted that Netflix stock appeared to be affected as well, with a significant drop in numbers.