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Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee explained why he believes the making of the Netflix film “Cuties” could be criminal during a Tuesday night appearance on Fox News’ “The Story.”

Lee sent a letter Friday to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings demanding an explanation “as to whether or not the potential exploitation of minors in this film constitutes criminal behavior.

Fox News host Martha MacCallum asked Lee for his reaction after reading a quote from the film’s director defending her work.

“I saw so many things and so many issues around me lived by young girls, that I decided to make this film and sound an alarm and say, ‘We need to protect our children.’ It’s bold, its feminist, but it’s also important and necessary to create debate and try to find solutions, for me as an artist, for politicians and parents. It’s a real issue,” the director’s statement said.

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“Look, it’s really cute, it’s really fun and nice to be able to characterize it this way, when in fact this isn’t exposing child sexual exploitation. This film actually embodies that,” Lee said. “It profits from it. It normalizes it and that’s wrong. Netflix needs to take it off of its platform and people shouldn’t watch it.”

Lee argued that one of the actors portraying an 11-year-old “was actually 10 at the time it was filmed.”

“This was in itself an act of child sexual exploitation,” he said.

Lee acknowledged that attention needs to be brought to the “problem” of child exploitation, but not “by glamorizing it, by normalizing it and by profiting from it.”

“If you watch the movie, and you take the movie as a whole, what you will see is that this is not something that’s undertaken delicately,” he continued. “There are all kinds of assaults against children that are depicted in movies without highlighting them, without focusing on them obsessively, without glamorizing or normalizing them. This movie doesn’t do that. This movie is wrong and it needs to be taken off of Netflix.”

“What is it that you think could be potentially criminal?” MacCallum asked. (RELATED: Nancy Grace: ‘Every Pedophile … Is Going Straight Online Like A Bat Out Of Hell To Watch’ Netflix’s ‘Cuties’)

“Well look, a movie like this doesn’t make itself,” Lee responded. “These are not computer generated images, nor are they adult actors portraying minors. They had to use minors in order to produce this material. And the blatantly sexualized manner in which these little girls had to perform in order to do this itself makes the case. It does amount to child sexual exploitation on its face.”

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Tim Tebow explains what makes Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger so dangerous

Texas football star quarterback Sam Ehlinger plays a similar game to former Heisman winner Tim Tebow and the former Gators star explains what makes him so dangerous.

If you watch Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger play, you may be reminded of a past dual-threat quarterback who was built similarly and did similar eye-opening things on the football field.

Ehlinger has elicited comparisons to former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow with his ability to throw as well as truck would-be tacklers like a fullback. The comparisons are lofty for Ehlinger who is in the thick of the Heisman race who would just love to win a Big 12 title and get the Longhorns to a College Football Playoff and a chance to win a national championship.

After all, Tebow won a pair of national titles at Florida and was a three-time finisher in the top-five of Heisman voting, winning in 2007. So who better to ask about what Ehlinger brings to the field than the person he’s often compared to?

Ehlinger was named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team after his efforts raised nearly $200,000 for relief organizations amid COVID-19 and helped lead a march in Austin to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Tebow, who is also an alum of the Good Works Team, spoke to me about Ehlinger’s game and why he’s one of the most dangerous players in college football.

Tim Tebow is a big fan of Texas football star quarterback Sam Ehlinger

“I think he’s a great player, but also so much depends on the team around him,” Tebow said when asked about how far Ehlinger can take Texas. “It depends on their defense, their receivers helping him out, the offensive line, so many things coming together. How are they going to handle all the regimens and protocols of COVID? So there are so many things that come into play.”

Winning a Heisman Trophy is an individual award but as Tebow recognizes, it’s not possible without your entire team helping you in the process. The same is true when it comes to winning a national championship. No matter how good a player is, he still needs the entire roster and coaching staff to come together to reach that ultimate goal. And in a season where things can be disrupted due to things outside your control, it’s important to focus on what he can control.

Good thing for Ehlinger and Texas football fans, he can control a lot, on the football field — as seen with his five touchdowns and more than 400 yards in his 2020 season debut vs. UTEP.

“I think that he has so many things that keep a defense on their heels,” Tebow said. “Whether that’s his ability to get the ball out quick or throw a really good deep ball or his ability to get outside on the edge or to run over someone up the middle, he just really keeps defenses on their heels. Because of that, I think he’s one of the most dangerous guys in college football.”

With an endorsement from one of the best college football players to ever lace up the cleats, look for Ehlinger to showcase why Tebow has such a high opinion of him the rest of the season, including Saturday’s game vs. Texas Tech.

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