‘Cuties’ Isn’t Netflix’s Only Show Sexually Exploiting Children, Parents Television Council Warns Congress

Craig Bannister | September 18, 2020 | 2:09pm EDT
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The movie “Cuties,” which sexualizes 11 year-old girls, isn’t the only Netflix offering to sexually exploit children, the Parents Television Council (PTC) warns in a letter to a bipartisan group of congressmen opposed to the film.

The letter is addressed to Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) – who, along with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), sent letters last week to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings condemning the film for appealing to pedophiles. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Sen. Mike Lee, Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) were also sent copies of the PTC’s letter.

“The Netflix program Cuties reflects only the latest of multiple examples of its sexualization and exploitation of children,” PTC Pres. Timothy Winter writes.

“It is vital for you and your colleagues to understand just how pervasive the child/sex themes are,” Winter says, apologizing in advance for providing the following four “explicit descriptions” of Netflix programming:

  • The Netflix movie Desire included a scene that depicts a 9-year-old girl self-stimulating herself to an orgasm.
  • The original Netflix animated comedy series Big Mouth centers on children who are going through puberty. Episodes include a full-screen close-up of a 13-year old’s penis and testicles; a girl who talks to her vagina about her life, with the vulva, clitoris and labia shown in graphic close-up for extended periods of time; sketches of a middle school student’s bare breasts; and two 12-year olds playing a game with two high schoolers where they face each other in a competition to see who can ejaculate onto a cracker the fastest.
  • The Netflix series Sex Education focuses on the sex lives of high school children. The content depicts adult actors who appear to be high-school aged characters engaged in graphic sex scenes with dialog that one would expect only to find in XXX films.
  • The storyline for the Netflix movie Baby centers on, and glamorizes, teen prostitution.

These and other Netflix offerings “suggest a corporate practice for such programming,” the letter says.

Read PTC’s full letter here.

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