#teensexting | #sexting | Seabrook state rep. calls on Netflix to drop ‘Cuties’ for sexually exploiting preteen girls – News – seacoastonline.com

SEABROOK – A Republican state representative from Seabrook is filing a resolution calling on Netflix to drop the film “Cuties” from its lineup saying it sexually exploits children.

Max Abramson says he filed the draft resolution last week with the House Legislative Services after receiving a number of complaints about the movie from his constituents.

“Some people said it seemed like it was pedo-bait and it was just Netflix marketing movies to pedophiles,” Abramson said. “Other people were concerned about the potential abuse of girls. Other people were concerned with their kids seeing the movie and getting the wrong impression.”

The 2020 French film directed by Maïmouna Doucouré has sparked controversy since debuting on the streaming service Sept. 9. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, referred to the Sundance Film Festival award winner as “child porn” while Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has called on the Department of Justice to look into whether anyone involved in the film “violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography.”

There have also been campaigns for Netflix to drop the movie on Change.org as well as on Twitter with the hashtag #CancelNetflix.

Supporters of the film call it a work of art with an important social message and note the controversy is mainly being driven by conservatives during an election year.

The film, according to its description on Netflix, tells the story of “Eleven-year-old Amy (who) starts to rebel against her conservative family’s traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew.”

In an oped in the Washington Post, the movie’s director, Maïmouna Doucouré, said she wanted to make the film in the hope of starting a conversation about the sexualization of children. She said the film is about modern girlhood and the experience of young girls going through puberty in a social media digital age where “the sexier a woman is on Instagram or TikTok, the more likes she gets.”

“Some people have found certain scenes in my film uncomfortable to watch,” she wrote. “But if one really listens to 11-year-old girls, their lives are uncomfortable.”

Abramson, who admits that he hasn’t seen the film, said the director could have gotten her message across without the graphic scenes.

“I didn’t see the movie, but I saw a lot of the reviews,” Abramson said. “I have seen the previews and what was in that was already bad enough.”

Abramson said he’s heard the film depicts underage girls twerking, grinding, sexting and exposing bare breasts and buttocks. A Netflix spokesperson has said there is no underage nudity in the film.

He said it’s ironic that a movie calling out the sexualization of children is coming from Hollywood, who he said “for years has been increasingly putting out images and material sexualizing kids.”

Abramson said while resolutions in the House are non-binding it does send a message. He said he filed a resolution last year calling on Congress to relax regulations on local fishermen “and they did act.”

He said the resolution is not a political stunt. Abramson is currently running for reelection for the District 37 seat, representing Hampton, Hampton Falls and Seabrook, against Democrat Elaine Ahearn.

He said the purpose of the resolution is to amplify the voices of his constituents and hopefully get the film taken down. The resolution also asks the Department of Justice to investigate the film for violating federal sexual exploitation of children and child pornography laws.

“It wasn’t necessary to oversexualize young girls and display this kind of content in front of millions of men, women, and children,” Abramson said. “At some point as public servants for the people, we have to take some type of action.”

Netflix has been steadfast in its support of the film. In a statement obtained by Variety, a Netflix spokesperson said that “‘Cuties’ is 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 statement read.


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