Netflix’s controversial movie Cuties has been shortlisted for the Oscars 2021 nominations despite a massive backlash and many saying it is nothing but child porn. It’s reported that France’s Oscar selection committee has submitted their choice of five films for the international feature film category at the Oscars next year.
According to Deadline, the chosen films are: Cuties, Eté 85 (Summer Of 85), ADN (DNA), Two Of Us and Gagarine. However, Cuties’ entry will no doubt surprise many due to the criticism it received outside of France.
The film, directed by Maïmouna Doucouré, tells the story of Amy, an 11-year-old Senegalese girl living in Paris, who is caught between traditional values and internet culture which focuses on the sexualisation of young girls. Amy joins a group of dancers named ‘the cuties’ at school, and rapidly grows aware of her burgeoning femininity. The promotional poster for Cuties caused fury and was accused of sexualising young girls – Amy and her ‘Cuties’ are seen wearing booty shorts and crop tops with knee pads, as they cut sexy dance poses under the backdrop of stage lights.
After removing the poster, the film debuted on the streaming service sparking further outrage. Thousands said they had – or threatened to – cancel their Netflix subscriptions but the platform went on to defend the film. A Netflix spokesperson said: ‘Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualisation 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.’
Last month, it was reported that Netflix had been indicted and were facing a criminal charge over the film. A grand jury in Tyler County, Texas, has indicted the company on the charge of ‘promotion of lewd visual material depicting children’. However, in response to the indictment, Netflix has insisted it is standing by the film and echoed their previous statement on the controversy.