Netflix has dealt with quite a lot of controversy over the past few weeks. Cuties dropped on the streaming service last month, causing outrage across the world due to how the film depicted children. A petition even circulated to have Cuties removed from Netflix, but by that point it was already too late. Ted Sarandos has recently defended the French film, claiming that Cuties is just ‘misunderstood’…
People were calling for Cuties to be taken down as many felt the movie was extremely inappropriate. Cuties focuses on Amy, an 11 year old girl who wants to break the boundaries and join an all-girls dance group, going against her religious beliefs. Before the film began streaming on Netflix, users drawn attention to the posters advertising the movie. The petition, signed by thousands of people, suggested that the movie sexualised young children, calling Cuties ‘dangerous content’. While the controversy has calmed down, Ted Sarandos has spoken out about the issue.
Speaking to Deadline, Sarandos said:
“It’s a little surprising in 2020 America that we’re having a discussion about censoring storytelling. It’s a film that is very misunderstood with some audiences, uniquely within the United States. The film speaks for itself. It’s a very personal coming of age film, it’s the director’s story and the film has obviously played very well at Sundance without any of this controversy and played in theatres throughout Europe without any of this controversy”.
Sarandos has defended Cuties in the past, claiming that he alongside the team at Netflix ‘stood by the film’. Netflix has seen a huge impact on business because of this. Social media went wild, with Cuties trending worldwide and users asking the world to cancel their subscriptions. We also reported a few weeks ago that after September 9th (Cuties release date), cancellations soared.