Thousands of people are now urging popular streaming service Netflix to pull a controversial French film about an 11-year-old girl rebelling against her conservative family to join a dance crew, after the media company apologized for using a sexualized poster to promote the film.
“We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties. It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description,” Netflix said in a statement posted on Twitter Thursday.
The apology came after more than 150,000 people signed a change.org petition, calling on Netflix to remove the film set for release on Sept. 9.
“This movie/show is disgusting as it sexualizes an ELEVEN year old for the viewing pleasure of pedophiles and also negatively influences our children! There is no need for this kind of content in that age group, especially when sex trafficking and pedophilia are so rampant! There is no excuse, this is dangerous content!” Allison Mitchell, who started the petition, wrote.
In an update responding to the apology from Netflix about the sexualized poster that was used to promote the film, Mitchell made it clear that the petition is more than just about the poster.
“THIS PROBLEM ISNT THE ARTWORK ITS THE FACT ITS ABOUT TWERKING ELEVEN YEAR OLDS FOR ADULT VIEWING PLEASURE. TAKE IT DOWN WE HAVE THE SCREENSHOTS,” she insisted.
Responding to Netflix’s apology on Twitter, Etan Thomas, a retired NBA player, political pundit and children’s advocate, praised Netflix for removing the sexualized poster of the young girls but urged the company to make the next step by pulling the film from its offerings.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair