The French director of Cuties Maimouna Doucoure has defended her film claimimg it is the next step in modern day feminism. “Its important to see someone like you on the screen” Director of Cuties said.
- ‘It’s important to see someone like you on the screen, and grow up with a lot of possibilities. Diversity and inclusion have to be the keys to progress,’ she argued
- Ted Cruz called on Attorney General Bill Barr to investigate whether Netflix, its executives, or the filmmakers violated child porn laws in the making of the film
- In a letter, Cruz slams the film saying it ‘sexualizes’ young girls, features ‘partial child nudity’ and at one point exposes ‘a minor’s bare breast’
- Cruz warned the footage would be used by pedophiles ‘in abusive ways’ and said he feared the production of the film involved more ‘explicit and abusive scenes’
- The French film ‘Mignonnes’ – known as ‘Cuties’ in English – depicts young girls in a dance group, dressed in risqué outfits, performing sexually suggestive moves
- Its release on streaming giant Netflix last Wednesday sparked a backlash
The director of Cuties, Maïmouna Doucouré, has defended her film after coming under a barrage of criticism over claims it hyper-sexualizes young girls.
‘It’s because I saw so many things and so many issues around me lived by young girls, that I decided to make this film and sound an alarm and say we need to protect our children,’ Doucouré explained.
‘It’s bold, it’s feminist, but it’s so important and necessary to create debate and try to find solutions, for me as an artist, for politicians and parents. It’s a real issue.’
In a six-minute segment accompanying the film on Netflix, Doucouré says that in performing research for the film – her feature directorial debut – she met with hundreds of pre-teens to understand how they perceived their femininity in today’s society.
‘Our girls see that the more a woman is sexualized on social media, the more she’s successful,’ she says in ‘Why I Made Cuties.’ ‘And yeah, it’s dangerous.’
Amy, the film’s protagonist, is ‘navigating between two models of femininity,’ Doucouré says — one represented by her Muslim mother’s traditional beliefs, and the other by the Cuties dance squad.
Amy believes she can ‘find her freedom through that group of dancers and their hyper-sexualization. But is that really true freedom? Especially when you’re a kid? Of course not.’ Doucouré, born and raised in Paris in a Senegalese family, adds, ‘I put my heart into this film because this is my story.’
The French film entitled ‘Mignonnes’ – known as ‘Cuties’ in English – depicts young girls in a dance group, all dressed in risqué outfits and performing sexually suggestive choreography.
According to the conservative American advocacy group the Parents Television Council, which said it reviewed the film, Cuties is objectionable because of its overt sexualization of the child characters.
That, the PTC alleged, eclipses its implicit message about the dangers of social media and how sexual images in popular culture negatively affect kids.
The PTC says that in addition to the girls’ sexualized dance routines and costumes, one scene shows Amy pulling down her underwear to photograph her genitals and then posting it on social media.
Earlier in the scene, she tries to seduce her adult cousin to get out of trouble for stealing his mobile phone. At another point, Amy is browbeaten by her new Cuties friends into an attempt to take a picture of a boy’s penis in a school bathroom (she fails).
‘Although there is a danger that little girls will be attracted to this film, the far greater risk is the way this film normalizes the sexualization of little girls,’ PTC program director Melissa Henson said in a statement Thursday, adding that Netflix is ‘desensitizing millions of viewers at home by asking them to be entertained by it.’