Sen. Cruz calls for DOJ investigation of 'Cuties'

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In the film, the main character, Amy, ends up joining a clique of girls who call themselves the "Cuties" - and perform highly provocative and eroticized dance numbers while scantily clad - as a way of rebelling against their conservative Muslim parents. The poster incited widespread backlash, with Netflix being accused of "sexualising" young girls.

The French film "Cuties" is drawing strong opposition from a growing number of Capitol Hill lawmakers who are demanding investigations into Netflix.

Viewers lashed out at several celebrities who have contracts with Netflix for their lack of comment on the controversial "Cuties" movie that is facing harsh criticism for displaying young girls in an inappropriate and sexualized way. 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.

Netflix has since released a statement, defending the film. Social media had split opinions on whether or not the scenes were age-appropriate for the young actors.

"Netflix is airing a film called Cuties depicting children being coached to engage in simulated sexual acts, for cameras both onscreen and off", said Hawley, a Missouri Republican.

Sen. Cruz sent a letter calling on the Department of Justice to investigate whether the creators of the film "Cuties" violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography.

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In the letter to Attorney General Bill Barr, Sen.

A letter that nearly certainly proves that Cruz has not actually seen the film.

"Finally, the Department of Justice should also investigate those involved in the film's casting and production to ensure these children were not exploited behind the scenes", Buck and Biggs added.

Yost and the AGs of Louisiana, Texas, and Florida are the latest politicians to condemn the movie, whose plot centers on an 11-year-old Senegalese immigrant in France who joins a twerking-heavy dance troupe.

"This isn't a health & safety ad", director Maïmouna Doucouré explained of her film in an interview with Cineuropa. "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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