Thirty-three Republican lawmakers signed their names to a letter written by Representative Jim Banks urging the DOJ to prosecute Netflix for distribution of child pornography.
The letter, which was sent to Attorney General William Barr, was in response to Netflix’s decision to host the movie ‘Cuties’ on its’ platform.
Background on ‘Cuties’
The movie, which depicts underage girls in a variety of sexually provocative situations, received heavy backlash after it premiered on Netflix.
Ryan Fournier, founder of Students for Trump, wrote on Twitter about Netflix losing market value over their decision to stream ‘Cuties’:
Netflix has lost over $9 billion in market value since the #CancelNetflix hashtag went viral.
Any network that promotes pedophelia should fall.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) September 12, 2020
According to The Blaze, “Netflix saw its U.S. cancellations spike almost eightfold following an online movement to boycott the streaming giant” over the controversial film. The hashtag #CancelNetflix went viral, along with a petition which at least 653,000 people have signed, vowing to cancel their Netflix subscriptions.
One of the many warnings from the original IMDB parental guide states: “During one of the many highly sexualized & erotic dance scenes that purposefully exploit & objectify numerous scantily clad under age girls, one of the female child dancers lifts up her cropped top to fully display her bare breast. This is lawfully defined as pedophilia and can be extremely distressing to many viewers.”
The IMDB guide was changed, perhaps to run cover for the movie, as alleged on Twitter by Siraj Hashmi of the Washington Examiner:
the parental guide BEFORE (left) vs. AFTER (right)
BEFORE link: https://t.co/un0wLrHmHX
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) September 10, 2020
Letter to the Department of Justice
Representative Banks and his colleagues have condemned Netflix, and called for them to be prosecuted under “18 U.S.C § 2256”.
Banks tweeted about the letter, stating: “Thx to the 33 Republicans who joined me in calling on DOJ to prosecute Netflix for distributing Cuties, which is child porn… No Dems though. They seem to prefer defending Cuties to criticizing it. I don’t get it. How can you support this filth??”
Thx to the 33 Republicans who joined me in calling on DOJ to prosecute Netflix for distributing Cuties, which is child porn… No Dems though.
They seem to prefer defending Cuties to criticizing it. I don't get it. How can you support this filth??https://t.co/AZ93JTr7IU
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) September 17, 2020
“As a father of young daughters, I find it sickening. Not only is this movie fodder for pedophiles, it encourages very young girls to defy their parents’ wishes and share pornographic images of themselves with strangers. Our culture has come a long way in recent years, recognizing the power of television, movies and magazines to affect young girls. The lessons taught in this film are not ones I want my daughters learning. The DOJ should be readying charges against Netflix for distribution of child pornography.”
Banks’ letter reads:
“We’re writing to recommend you bring charges against Netflix, Inc. for the distribution of the film “Cuties,” which contains child pornography.
As defined by 18 U.S.C § 2256, child pornography is any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor, and that conduct does not need to specifically depict sexual activity to qualify.
Cuties clearly meets the United States’ legal definition of child pornography. According to IMDB’s parental guide, Cuties contains, “a scene where an 11-year-old girl dressed in a tank and panties is splashed with water and begins twerking in a frenzied kind of way,” and numerous other, equally distressing depictions of minors including the display of an 11-year-old child’s bare breast. One reviewer recently said, “What the Avengers movies are to comic-book geeks, Cuties is to pedophiles.”
The First Amendment protects corporations and individuals from obscenity law if they can prove artistic expression, but this protection rightfully does not apply to child pornography. Cuties is child pornography and its distributors should be prosecuted accordingly.
Cuties’ defenders claim that the film intends to criticize the objectification of young girls. The reality is that Cuties does depict minors engaged in sexually explicit acts. It’s visual fodder for pedophiles and its message is beside the point.
To us, and to the vast majority of Americans, it’s deeply upsetting to see a mainstream media company promote the sexualization of children. We appreciate you considering this issue and eagerly await your response.”