Cuties may be investigated for child exploitation as it was recently discovered that the casting director received videos of young girls twerking for auditions.
Netflix’s latest on-demand controversial exclusive, Cuties, has offended a lot of people due to their depiction of child eroticism. Now, the director and producers may be investigated for child exploitation.
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“It’s a whole lot worse than what we thought,” seems to be the general consensus for the controversial new Netflix movie bizarrely entitled Cuties.
Netflix was slammed for the poster they used to promote the new film which showed scantily clad adolescent girls pose seductively. Netflix later apologised and said that the poster was not, at all, representative of the film’s core message.
Netflix, in a statement, apologised to Deadline: “We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Cuties. It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which premiered at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description.”
However, as it turns out, the promotional picture actually represented the film perfectly.
Maïmouna Doucouré admired and was inspired by 11-year-old girls dancing erotically.
Cuties is supposedly a coming of age film that takes aim at child sexualisation and exploitation. The 35-year-old French-Senagelese writer/director, Maïmouna Doucouré, slammed critics and said that the film was merely being smeared by intolerant conservative people.
However, prior the Netflix controversy Maïmouna Doucouré stated that the film, in a sense, was a protest piece against conservatism and that its goal was to celebrate women and female sexuality.
In an interview she explained that she was inspired to make the film after watching 11-year-old girls dance seductively on stage in Paris, which she claims she admired.
“There were these girls on stage dressed in a really sexy fashion in short, transparent clothes,” she recalls. “They danced in a very sexually suggestive manner. There also happened to be a number of African mothers in the audience. I was transfixed, watching with a mixture of shock and admiration. I asked myself if these young girls understood what they were doing.”
The film’s alleged virtuous message was not received because the film is guilty of the very thing it supposedly condemns.
The latest revelation regarding the film does not paint a pretty picture for Cuties director and producers, as it may indicate the cast of the controversial movie were, in fact, exploited.
Young girls sent producers videos of themselves dancing as an audition.
The initial auditions for Cuties were reportedly done online. A source affiliated with the production claims that young girls were instructed to email their audition tapes to Cuties‘ casting director Tania Arana.
The girls were told they needed to introduce themselves, talk about their hobbies and then “showcase their talents.”
The girls who danced most seductively were called in for an actual screentest where they were filmed twerking.
Cuties auditions with young girls twerking were sent via email to movies producers and casting agents.
One of the audition videos what uploaded to YouTube by the mother. In the video, 10-year-old Mallaury Martinez, introduces herself, talks about her personal life before demonstrating to the casting director just “how flexible” she is.
The talented young actress appeared to wholesome and innocent for the film and was not cast.
Tania Arana revealed that she had a plethora of similar videos which she would watch with the director and the movie’s producers.
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One of the most disturbing elements of Cuties is the cinematography. Throughout the film he needlessly zooms in on the private parts of the scantily clad 11-year-old girls. A lot of these scenes, even for the moderate viewer, is too much.
Yann Maritaud, Cuties’ cinematographer, is no stranger to filming bare and exposed underage children. Just last year he filmed a 15-minute short “comedy” called Gronde Marmaille (2019) which is about a seven-year-old girl (Siloe Lecrops) who runs around naked in the summer.
People want Cuties banned for exploiting children after Maïmouna Doucouré and Zangro accepted twerking audition videos of minors; authorities call for film to be investigated.
Several high-profile politicians and lawyers want Cuties banned, and have called for a thorough investigation into the Netflix movie because they believe it could be in violation of child exploitation laws.
Despite the outrage, Netflix vehemently stand behind their decision to stream Cuties on their platform using ‘freedom of artistic expression’ and ‘cultural differences’ as an excuse. Strangely, Netflix have removed films like Gone With The Wind from their service for being ‘too problematic’.