Time to Cancel Netflix

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Thursday, September 24, 2020


Last week, Netflix published soft-core child pornography on their streaming platform. The film, “Cuties,” is a Netflix Original movie about an 11-year-old girl named Amy who decides to join a twerking dance group, upsetting her “conservative” family in the process.

On the surface, a movie about an 11-year-old joining a dance group doesn’t seem like it would be too bad, at least not until you read the parental warnings from IMDB (which have since been changed, but luckily Siraj Hashmi immortalized them in a tweet). IMDB originally warned that:

“During one of the many highly sexualized & erotic dance scenes that purposefully exploit & objectify numerous scantily clad under age girls, one of the female child dancers lifts up her cropped top to fully display her bare breast. This is lawfully defined as pedophilia and can be extremely distressing to many viewers.”

And:

“An 11 year old girl watches a female rap music video where naked women role play through dance both heterosexual & lesbian sex acts. An 11 year old female dance group then mimics these sexual moves via on themselves and on each other while the camera zooms in on their sexual body parts as they erotically writhe[].”

IMDB has since watered down these warnings to play defense for Netflix.

Nothing has been more indicative of the disconnect between the Hollywood elite and normal people than this film. The New Yorker ran an article calling those outraged by the publication of child pornography on a popular streaming site right wing “scandal-mongers.”

The current “critics rating” for “Cuties” on Rotten Tomatoes is 89%. The audience score is 3%.

Movie critics, who largely exist on the left side of the aisle, seem to love this movie. Journalists can’t understand why someone might hate it. Their dogmatic belief in gender ideology clouds their judgement on a movie that is so blatantly pedophillic.

Netflix tried to do damage control in a statement to Variety and claimed that this movie is “a social commentary against the sexualization of young children.” I guess as long as you say something is a commentary on something else, it makes publishing child porn okay.

Obviously Netflix is doing damage control and they should be. The best damage control they could do would be to take down the film and apologize for exploiting children. Netflix, however will not do this because that would mean caving to the “right-wing” mob of respect for human dignity.

What can conservatives (or any other rational person that dislikes the exploitation of children) do about this film? You can start by doing what many others have done. 

Cancel your Netflix subscription! 

Cancelling your Netflix subscription will send a message to these out-of-touch elites. Sexualize children and we will hurt your company’s bottom line. Companies have a moral responsibility to society, and it is the job of the consumer to consume wisely. Yes, you can’t possibly boycott every organization that donates to Planned Parenthood, but you can boycott every organization that publishes soft-core child porn.

In fact, although most social responsibility in economics falls on the consumer in their consumption and the company in their production, the government has a role to play here. Child porn is illegal, and rightfully so. The government needs to step in and punish Netflix and the producers of this film. Just because child porn gets the veneer of a Netflix Original movie does not mean it should be excused. Netflix isn’t YouTube. They directly control what goes up on their service and what does not. This is also a Netflix Original which means that Netflix paid, at least in part, for the production of this. Netflix is a publisher, not a platform.

Don’t count on the government to do the right thing, though. In the meantime, there isn’t a good excuse not to unsubscribe. Netflix does not have a monopoly on media. They compete with Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, HBO, ShoTime, Starz, and others. That’s not an endorsement of those companies, but it’s just to say that you can get your TV and movie fix elsewhere. 

Is that new season of Ozarks really worth it if you have to support the sexual exploitation of children?

There are a lot of shows on Netflix that I enjoy, but until “Cuties” is taken off of the service, I will not be watching, and I encourage you all to do the same.

Matt is a junior Politics, Philosophy, and Economics major at Suffolk University in Boston. He is from Lakeville, MA, and has been involved in various political campaigns and media. He co-hosts the "A House Divided" podcast, available on all podcasting platforms. Matt plans on attending law school after college.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Matthew Lewis

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Matt is a junior Politics, Philosophy, and Economics major at Suffolk University in Boston. He is from Lakeville, MA, and has been involved in various political campaigns and media. He co-hosts the "A House Divided" podcast, available on all podcasting platforms. Matt plans on attending law school after college.

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