Netflix is being indicted and charged for “promotion of lewd visual material depicting child” by a grand jury in Texas. The 1A District Court of Tyler County, Texas has released a copy of the indictment of Netflix following the production of the movie “Cuties” which has several counts of lewd imaging of children under the age of 18.
Over the last several months, Netflix has experienced intense backlash after they released the film “Cuties” to their streaming service which is about young girls “exploring and embracing their sexuality” at a very young age. Several petitions were formed to get Netflix to remove the movie but they yielded no results; the film is still on Netflix.
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The production, promotion, and defense of this movie from Netflix has caused hundreds, maybe thousands, of customers to cancel their Netflix subscriptions, hoping the financial sting would be enough to get the company to take the movie down.
A grand jury in Texas has recently released the indictment of Netflix. Part of the indictment reads:
“…NETFLIX, INC, herein after styled Defendant,…before the presentment of this indictment,…DID THEN AND THERE knowingly promote visual material which depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic areas of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age at the time the visual material was created, which appeals to the prurient interest in sex, and has no serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value to wit: by issuing or selling or providing or delivering or distributing or disseminating or transmitting or publishing or exhibiting or presenting or advertising the film titled Cuties, also known as Mignonnes, or offering or agreeing to issue, sell, provide, deliver, distribute, disseminate, transmit, publish, exhibit, present, or advertise said film, and the promotion of said film was authorized or recklessly tolerated by a high managerial agent of Netflix, Inc., namely Wilmot Reed Hastings Jr. or Theodore Anthony Sarandos Jr., acting in behalf of Netflix, Inc and within the scope of the agent’s office or employment at Netflix, Inc. against the peace and dignity of the state.”
See the full indictment here:
Texas Senator Ted Cruz is vehemently against the movie and in a letter to Attorney General William Barr demanding a Justice Department investigation said, “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.”
Netflix has released the following statement: “‘Cuties’ is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. This charge is without merit and we stand by the film.” Many have countered that you can bring attention to the critical issue of human and child sex trafficking without actually sexualizing more young girls which only perpetuates the problem.
Sources: Twitter, Tyler County Indictment Document, New York Post; Photo-Forbes