After refusing to take down the controversial French film Cuties, Netflix has been put in front of a grand jury in Texas. The jury found ‘probable cause’ a felony and the streaming service now faces criminal charges over the film.
The film is accused of ‘promotion of lewd visual material depicting a child’, and it has been directed by French-Senegalese filmmaker Maïmouna Doucouré.
The director claims that the story is partly inspired by her own experiences and it’s a story that warns people against the sexualization of children. Netflix decided to stand behind the film despite all the criticism, led by Senator and former US Presidential candidate Ted Cruz.
The film is about the 11-year-old Muslim girl Amy that defies her parents and decides to join a dance group that learns provocative dances in an attempt to win a competition.
According to the filmmaker, the moral of the story is that children must be protected at all cause. She used her own experience to back the story, but not everyone agrees.
According to Tyler County District Attorney Lucas Babin, the legislators of the state believe that promoting certain lewd material of children has destructive consequences to everyone in the community.
“If such material is distributed on a grand scale, isn’t the need to prosecute more, not less? A grand jury in Tyler County found probable cause for this felony, and my job is to uphold the laws of this state and see that justice is done.” – she further added.
Many people have been criticizing Netflix ever since the film was released on September 9.
Netflix, on the other hand, argued that the film is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children and added that the charge is without merit and they stand by it.