Sen. Ted Cruz calls for a criminal investigation into Netflix film 'Cuties'

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The poster, which showed four young girls in provocative attire, was pulled and replaced with a different image, with Netflix issuing an apology, but the controversy surrounding the film has only grown more intense after its September 9 release. The film debuted on Netflix last week, further fanning the flames of the controversy.

Netflix defended the film as "social commentary against the sexualization of young children". "It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at Sundance". The petition has now amassed more than 600,000 signatures. "More than 200,000 tweets with the hashtag "#CancelNetflix" became the top trending topic one day later.

"We write expressing our concerns regarding the potential exploitation of children in Netflix's recently released film, Cuties", Buck and Biggs wrote.

Opposition to the film's release has been driven mostly by political conservatives including Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, along with Democrat Tulsi Gabbard.

In a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Yost wrote that although the director of "Cuties", Maïmouna Doucouré, has stated the film is meant to fight the hypersexualization of young girls, "the manner in which the film attempts to do so is misguided and does more harm than good".

"Cuties" depicts an 11-year-old joining other underage girls in a school dance group and "rapidly grows aware of her burgeoning femininity - upsetting her mother and her values in the process", according to a synopsis of the French-directed film on IMDB.

The rumour claims that there is a scene in the film that features a topless preteen. Netflix is yet to respond to Cruz's letter. "Of course not." Doucoure, born and raised in Paris in a Senegalese family, adds, "I put my heart into this film because this is my story". "It was very important not to judge these girls, but most of all to understand them, to listen to them, to give them a voice, to take into account the complexity of what they're living through in society, and all of that in parallel with their childhood which is always there, their imaginary, their innocence".

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