Sep 16, 2020
Netflix Subscription Cancellations Soar After ‘Cuties’ Controversy
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Forget Netflix and chill, more like Netflix and cancel.
The mega-streaming company has seen a slew of subscription cancellations after the release of “Cuties,” amid charges that the film is tantamount to child pornography.
Netflix released the movie on Sept. 9, followed quickly by a campaign by critics urging subscribers to #CancelNetflix.Three days later, cancellations increased to eight times the daily averages recorded in August, Variety reported.
“With the #CancelNetflix hashtag continuing to trend on social media, it is possible elevated churn could continue in the coming days, according to the firm,” Variety wrote, citing data from research company YipitData.
Things might get worse for Netflix. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is urging the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into Netflix’s involvement with the movie.
“The film routinely fetishizes and sexualizes these pre-adolescent girls as they perform dances simulating sexual conduct in revealing clothing, including at least one scene with partial child nudity. These scenes in and of themselves are harmful. And it is likely that the filming of this movie created even more explicit and abusive scenes, and that pedophiles across the world in the future will manipulate and imitate this film in abusive ways,” Cruz wrote to Attorney General William Barr.
The disgust over the movie is bipartisan. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) also blasted “Cuties.”
“@netflix child porn ‘Cuties’ will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade. 1 in 4 victims of trafficking are children. It happened to my friend’s 13-year-old daughter. Netflix, you are now complicit. #CancelNetflix,” Gabbard wrote on Twitter.
But the film’s director Maïmouna Doucouré claims the movie is actually about the dangers of sexualizing young girls.
“It’s because 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,” Doucouré said.
Netflix echoed the claim in its own statement, saying “Cuties” is “social commentary against the sexualization of young children. It’s an award-winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up – and we’d encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie.”
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) also called for the Justice Department to take legal action against Netflix, with Cotton saying “There’s no excuse for the sexualization of children, and Netflix’s decision to promote the film ‘Cuties’ is disgusting at best and a serious crime at worst.”
Sonny Bunch of The Washington Post gave this description of the movie: “‘Cuties’ follows an 11-year-old Senegalese immigrant to France named Amy (Fathia Youssouf) who finds herself repulsed by her traditional Muslim upbringing. But the alternative, the movie suggests, is kind of horrifying in a different way: She falls in with a group of fellow 11-year-olds who are working on a hypersexualized dance routine so they can enter a dance competition. They get their ideas from the Internet, learning to twerk and gyrate and simulate sex acts.”
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Caught On Video: Peeping Tom Staring Into Young Girls Bedrooms, Taking Photos In Pasadenathrough the fence, taking pictures we think, very comfortable, walking around her driveway,” said Melanie Robbins.
In early September, this man was caught on camera on Robbins’ neighbor’s property, looking through the fence into her 12-year-old daughter’s bedroom.
She said in early September, this man was caught on camera on her neighbor’s property, looking through the fence into her 12-year-old daughter’s bedroom.
“He was peering through the slats so from their side you could completely look and see her laying in her bed,” she said. “I was scared, devastated, I was very emotional, I didn’t want her to be alone. We didn’t let her sleep in her room after that.”
Robbins said she soon began hearing of other similar incidents in her community. Then late last week, her friend told her possibly the same man was caught on camera doing the same thing at her home. When her friend saw what was going on, the man ran away.
“She was very disturbed, very upset, her oldest daughter that it had happened to just, was 19, just graduated high school,” Robbins said.
Robbins and her friend have filed police reports, but Robbins said there are at least three other incidents — in addition to theirs — in the last two months.
Robbins said the man has a distinct walk, wears gloves, a ski mask and the same hoodie, but he’s not wearing any shoes.
“There’s lots of children in our neighborhood and I’m just very concerned for someone because at that time he didn’t go into anyone’s room but who knows if he gets braver and does,” she said.
Robbins is urging other parents to make sure to be vigilant. She said the man has a distinct walk, wears gloves, a ski mask and the same hoodie, but he’s not wearing any shoes. She added that the suspect is hitting homes where he knows children live.
“It just so happens that all of the children were honor roll students and they had couple of weeks ago put honor roll signs out in our yards,” she said. “We would like for him to be caught.”
Pasadena detectives said they are investigating and looking into whether the same suspect is involved in all of these incidents. Anyone with information is asked to call the Pasadena Police Department.