GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas tore into streaming giant Netflix and ex-President Barack Obama on Sunday. Cruz called them out during his appearance on Fox News.
He told Maria Bartiromo that promos for the new release ‘Cuties’ “sexualize 11-year-old girls, has them dancing like strippers, has them in very suggestive sexual roles. And it’s frankly disgusting.”
Plus he argued, “And you know, Netflix is an incredibly profitable U.S. company! Barack Obama makes a ton of money from Netflix and they are profiting, they are making money by selling the sexual exploitation of young kids.”
Then stated, “And so I asked the Attorney General to investigate them because federal law makes it a crime, it is a felony to distribute child pornography. We arrest and put in jail people every year for movies. If you have child pornography, if you have kids engage in sexual activity, if you produce it, if you distribute it, you face criminal penalties and Netflix is making a ton of money.”
In a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr he claimed, “The video streaming service and content-producer Netflix is currently hosting a film entitled ‘Cuties’ that sexualizes young girls, including through dance scenes that simulate sexual activities and a scene exposing a minor’s bare breast.”
“I urge the Department of Justice to investigate the production and distribution of this film to determine whether Netflix, its executives, or the individuals involved in the filming and production of “Cuties” violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography.”
Cruz continued, “The film, directed by a French director, is ostensibly about an 11-year-old girl in Paris who becomes a member of a provocative dance group with other similarly-aged girls. 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.”
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Along with, “Although the First Amendment provides vigorous protection for artistic expression, it does not allow individuals or for-profit corporations to produce or distribute child pornography.”
“Accordingly, I urge the Department to investigate the production of “Cuties” and Netflix’s distribution of the film in order to determine whether Netflix, any of its executives, or anyone involved with the making of “Cuties” violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography.”
Though a Netflix spokesperson said, “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.”
What do the people say?