- Muslim civil rights group launches petition drive for Muslim Americans and others to call for the film’s removal
- Says sexualizing children is unacceptable, and stereotypical portrayal of Muslims contributes to bigotry
(WASHINGTON, DC – 9/15/2020) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Netflix to remove the French film Cuties from its platform due to the movie’s disturbing sexualization of children as well as its offensive and stereotypical depiction of Islam and Muslims.
CAIR has launched a petition for members of the public to join the call for Netflix to remove the film.
In recent weeks, the film has been criticized for featuring graphic scenes of real preteen girls engaging in sexually suggestive conduct while wearing revealing clothing. Critics have condemned such portrayals as exploitative and potentially illegal.
In an editorial released today, CAIR noted that the film centers around an 11-year-old Muslim girl, depicts her father as a polygamist, her mother as oppressed, and features a scene in which her family conducts an “exorcism,” leading the young girl to gyrate and “twerk” while wearing revealing clothing, all as an Arabic recitation plays in the background.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“We join other Americans in calling on Netflix to remove this disturbing film from its platform. Although the filmmakers behind ‘Cuties’ have argued that the film is meant to criticize the hyper-sexualization of children, a film cannot criticize the abuse of children while abusing children.
“To make matters worse, ‘Cuties’ features depictions of Islam and Muslims that range from the stereotypical to the offensive, including a scene in which a barely-clothed Muslim preteen gyrates during a forced exorcism while an Arabic recitation plays in the background.
“None of this should be acceptable in American society, especially the sexual objectification of children. Netflix should immediately remove the film and apologize to the public.”
Netflix has apologized for initially using a poster that featured the child stars of the film posing on stage while wearing revealing clothing, but the company has refused demands to remove the film from its platform.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.