Ottawa, Ontario                                                             September 22, 2020

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole Criticized for His Concerns About the Netflix Movie “Cuties”

Netflix recently released the film, Cuties, which is a French film set in a poor section of Paris telling the story of Amy, an eleven-year-old French-Senegalese girl, and her struggles within a traditional Muslim family.

This film sexually exploits eleven-year-old girls by showing them sexually gyrating, out-thrusting their crotches and bottoms, mimicking sex acts and one baring her breast. The film includes close-up shots of the little girls’ crotches and buttocks, and in one scene, a child is shown photographing her genitalia and posting it online. This movie serves as an incitement for paedophiles and child sex traffickers.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole has been criticized for expressing his concerns about the film when he stated, “I’m a dad who is deeply disturbed by this Netflix show. Childhood is a time of innocence. We must do more to protect children. This show is exploitative and wrong.” Mr. O’Toole is spot on.

Netflix is defending this film, claiming it is merely a sensitive coming-of-age story supposedly criticizing the choices that contemporary society forces upon young girls. This is an absurd explanation. There are many ways to tell coming-of-age stories without sexually exploiting children. Cuties is a pornographic film masquerading as social commentary and is part of a larger trend towards the increasing sexualization of children.

The condemnation of paedophilia and child pornography isn’t just a conservative issue – it should cut across all party lines. Protecting children from exploitation should be the business of all individuals no matter what their political/professional affiliation.  Basic human decency demands it.  In this regard, the apparent silence from others in positions of influence to do something is as disappointing as it is disturbing.

Instead of criticizing Mr. O’Toole, it would have been newsworthy if the Attorneys General in Canada launched a criminal investigation into the Netflix film, which appears to fall within the provisions of section 163.1(3) of the Criminal Code.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole should know there are many Canadians who are grateful for his speaking out about this film. Please let Mr. O’Toole know that you support him on this initiative. He can be reached at:

Erin O’Toole
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A6

(No postage required)

Phone: 1-613-992-2792
Email: Erin.OToole@parl.gc.ca
Facebook: @erinotoolecpc
Twitter: @erinotoole

Netflix’s Problematic Content

The distribution of Cuties by Netflix is not its only questionable material. It has acquired, in the last few years, a reputation for distributing sexually explicit and homosexual content which includes programs such as:

  • Orange is the New Black – Set in a woman’s prison, this program includes lesbian and other sexual activity and female nudity, which is frequent and graphic. In fact, the camera tends to linger on the sexual encounters.
  • Sex Education – Aimed at teenagers as well as adults, this program is wildly explicit. The show is all about sex. In the first few minutes of the first episode, a man and a woman are shown in mid coitus, visibly naked from the waist up. The program doesn’t just talk about sex but does a whole lot of showing of it. The program shows a lot of people, ostensibly high schoolers, naked and engaged in boisterous intimate activity. Sexual inclinations usually prohibited are condoned and graphically depicted.
  • 13 Reasons Why – This Netflix series is about a teen suicide told through tapes she leaves behind. Netflix claims that the series helps teens discuss difficult topics from suicide to rape. This program is being watched by children as young as eight. Psychologists warn that this program will inspire copycat suicides and is dangerous for young people who are experiencing depression and suicidal thoughts.

Netflix has been expanding the boundaries of acceptable material without any apparent concern about how harmful its material is to society – especially women and children. The only language Netflix seems to understand is that of accumulating more profit. It apparently is of the view that the more licentious material it provides, the greater its profits.

Netflix has to understand this is not the case.

Fortunately, a backlash has developed since the Cuties film was available to stream. In fact, the cancellation rate has jumped eight times higher than the average daily levels recorded in August 2020 since Cuties became available.

The cancellation rate occurred when the hashtag “#CancelNetflix” was in the top-trending spot on Twitter.

It is important that Netflix continue to get the message that its material is unacceptable. The only way to stop them will be to cancel your Netflix subscription and by notifying the Netflix corporation of your reason for doing so.

Notify Netflix of your objection to its material by calling 1-844-542-4813, posting your complaint on social media using the handles @netflixcanada on Facebook or @Netflix_CA on Twitter or by writing to:

Reed Hastings, CEO
100 Winchester Circle
Los Gatos, CA 95032, USA