Sep 17, 2020
Loeffler calls for hearing in wake of Netflixs Cuties
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Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerGeorgia Senate campaign could bring Black political redemption Democrats seek Harris boost in Senate race Andrew Clyde wins Georgia GOP runoff to replace Doug Collins MORE (R-Ga.) is calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing on preventing child exploitation and trafficking in the wake of the release of Netflix's controversial "Cuties" film.
In a letter to Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senators say coronavirus deal dead until after election Tucker Carlson accuses Lindsey Graham of convincing Trump to talk to Woodward Trump courts Florida voters with moratorium on offshore drilling MORE (R-S.C.), the Georgia Republican said there has been a “deeply disturbing” uptick in the number of suspected sexual exploitation cases, arguing that Congress has a responsibility to take action.
“The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children received more than two million reports of suspected exploitation in March of this year, a more than 100 percent increase compared to March 2019,” wrote Loeffler, who is in the midst of a complicated reelection race in which she faces challenges from both the left and the right.
“In addition, the release of the Netflix, Inc. film Cuties, and its hypersexualized depiction of the child actresses, has raised new concerns about the entertainment industry's complicity in sexualizing children, which also fuels predators. I write, therefore, to request that your committee hold a hearing on what steps should be taken to better understand the causes of and solutions for the increasing prevalence of child exploitation and trafficking.”
The French film on Netlfix centers around an 11-year-old Senegalese immigrant named Amy who joins other pre-teen girls in a school dance group called "the cuties." It has sparked a sharp backlash from conservatives who have pointed to revealing attire and suggestive dance moves by young girls in the movie and its promotional imagery.
Other GOP senators have also called for action in the wake of the Netflix controversy, with Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHealth care in the crosshairs with new Trump Supreme Court list 'Parks and Rec' cast members hosting special reunion to raise money for Wisconsin Democrats Jimmy Carter says his son smoked pot with Willie Nelson on White House roof MORE (R-Texas) and Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonHealth care in the crosshairs with new Trump Supreme Court list Cruz says he wouldn't accept Supreme Court nomination Republicans call on DOJ to investigate Netflix over 'Cuties' film MORE (R-Ark.) requesting that the Department of Justice investigate the film.
Netflix has defended the movie as a "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," the company said in a statement.
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Trump calls California deputies injured in ambush shooting
The deputies, a 31-year-old mother, and a 24-year-old man, were in their marked patrol vehicle outside a Metro train station in Compton on Sept. 12, when police said a suspect approached the passenger-side window, shot them multiple times, and ran from the scene around 7 p.m.
"This week #potus45 @realdonaldtrump called both of our deputies to check on their spirits, wish them a speedy recovery and remind them that the #american people are behind them and that the coward that harmed them will be brought to #justice!!" according to a Facebook post by the LASD Transit Services Bureau on Saturday.
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Due to her injuries, the deputy could only write down her response, which was relayed to Trump by an LASD Sergeant (LASD Transit Services Bureau)
Photos captured the moment that the female deputy -- who is a mother of a six-year-old boy, received a call from the president. She was in critical but stable condition after being shot in the jaw and arms, reports said.
Due to her injuries, she could only write down her response, which was relayed to Trump by an LASD sergeant, who sat next to the deputy and her husband in the ICU.
"Both of the deputies and their families were very appreciative of the call!" the LASD wrote.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the 24-year-old old male deputy had been released from the hospital on Wednesday but had a "long road to recovery."
He later clarified that the deputy was released from intensive care and was close to being released from the hospital, according to ABC.
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"The outpouring of love and support from our Department, @lacosheriff, the community, and indeed from around the world, has been overwhelming, but also very much appreciated!" the LASD wrote. "Please continue to keep these #lawenforcement professionals in your prayers and know that they will be back, keeping you safe."
As of last Thursday, the reward offered for the gunman in the shooting had grown to nearly 700,000, officials said.
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Both deputies had been on the job for about 14 months.
Fox News' Brie Stimson contributed to this reportDavid Aaro is a Reporter at Fox News Digital based in New York City.