Amid a firestorm of criticism, director of the Netflix distributed movie “Cuties” Maïmouna Doucouré claimed her film is “feminist” at a panel during the Toronto Film Festival Monday.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the director said “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.”
She added “It’s bold, its 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.”
Doucouré then touted “diversity” and “inclusion” saying “It’s important to see someone like you on the screen, and to grow up with a lot of possibilities. So, of course, diversity and inclusion have to be the keys to progress in our cinema.”
A large number of conservatives have expressed outrage over the film, including Senators Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz.
Former 2020 Democrat candidate for President Tulsi Gabbard warned the film “will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade.”
Even Christine Pelosi, daughter of Nancy Pelosi agreed with the sentiment, tweeting:
Hi @netflix, from a customer and former ADA in SFDA’a Child Abuse-Sexual Assault Unit: “Cuties” hypersexualizes girls my daughter’s age no doubt to the delight of pedophiles like the ones I prosecuted. Cancel this, apologize, work with experts to heal your harm. #CancelNetflix
A Change.com petition to remove Cuties from Netflix now has over 660k online signatures.
The YouTube trailer currently has roughly only 49k thumbs up compared to a whopping 1.9 million thumbs down.