Texas grand jury indicts Netflix for promoting and airing Cuties

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A hot potato: The Sundance Film Festival's award-winning film Cuties has seen no end of controversy since first airing on Netflix. Some have ventured to go as far as calling it "soft child porn," while others say it at the very least sexualizes children. Others believe it is art and that it is a social commentary against the sexualization of children. Now Netflix is facing charges in Texas over the promotion and airing of the film.

A Texas grand jury has indicted Netflix on charges of child pornography-related charges. The dustup is over the controversial film Cuties. Specifically, the streaming giant is charged with "Promotion Of Lewd Visual Material Depicting A Child," a Texas law passed in 2018.

Reuters notes that a Tyler County grand jury alleges that the movie "depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age at the time the visual material was created, which appeals to the prurient interest in sex, and has no serious, literary, artistic, political, or scientific value."

Texas Representative Matt Schaefer broke the news with a tweet of the first page of the filing early Wednesday morning.

The movie, which was banned in Turkey, is about a group of pre-teen girls in a dance troupe. Some scenes show the girls twerking and grinding in sexually provocative ways. Many groups have spoken out against the content and marketing material. Netflix previously apologized for the "sexualized" images of the girls in the promotional ad, which was admittedly more provocative than the films original poster (above). However, the company now stands behind its airing of the movie, which won Sundance's Global Filmmaking Award in 2017.

"Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. This charge is without merit, and we stand by the film," said a Netflix spokesperson.

Deadline reports that Netflix co-CEOs Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos are listed as defendants in the indictment. The company plans to fight the charges and refute the grand jury's assertion that the award-winning film does not constitute art.

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Evernessince

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I'm not a fan of going after media for including controversial topics. That just has a chilling effect on free speech.

I don't agree with conclusion of the grand jury either and I believe they are missing the point.
 

pcnthuziast

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Being a pedophile isn't a crime, but keep it to yourself or people will hate you and might even try to kill you. Just saying.
 

pcnthuziast

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Having thoughts and desires is not a crime. The previous commenter is arguably correct. Acting on said thoughts and desires is what lands someone in prison.
Leftists believe thoughts are crimes just as they believe words are violence. They also screech the loudest about all the things which they themselves actually are. If we were having this conversation face to face, there would be real consequences and casualties.
 

Aus spot

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Always knew texas was full of special people. The extream right has made it their god given mission to kill this film and a lot of misinformation is out there.

It's not my type of film. But it's certainly not a pedo film as they claim.
 

Sir Alex Ice

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What is next, a movie making a social commentary against rape by showing multiple rape victims enjoying being raped?
 

quadibloc

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But if all the Texas courts decide to convict, in order to move the case out of state, they would have to appeal to the Supreme Court, and Trump picks its members. So can we be confident that no Netflix exec will wind up in jail?
 

dms96960

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But if all the Texas courts decide to convict, in order to move the case out of state, they would have to appeal to the Supreme Court, and Trump picks its members. So can we be confident that no Netflix exec will wind up in jail?
They can't "move the case out of state" since it is a state indictment for violation of a state law, not a federal indictment for violation of a federal law.
 

ferrellsl

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Texas has talked about becoming a separate country for many decades.
What the hell is taking them so long?
You got it backwards. Texas at one time WAS a separate country and decided to join the United States. They declared independence from Mexico on March 2, 1836 to become a separate nation called the Republic of Texas and by popular vote became the 28th state of the USA on December 29, 1845. The majority of Texans have been quite content to remain a part of the USA ever since.
 

scavengerspc

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You got it backwards. Texas at one time WAS a separate country and decided to join the United States. They declared independence from Mexico on March 2, 1836 to become a separate nation called the Republic of Texas and by popular vote became the 28th state of the USA on December 29, 1845. The majority of Texans have been quite content to remain a part of the USA ever since.
I know all about the history. I live in Arkansas and am in Texas often. Becoming an independent country is discussed just as often as it has been throughout the entire south.
 
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ferrellsl

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I know all about the history. I live in Arkansas and am in Texas often. Becoming an independent country is discussed just as often as it has been throughout the entire south.
As a former Texan I hope that Texas remains a part of the union and that the left-coast and New York be allowed to secede instead! LOL!
 
I'm not a fan of going after media for including controversial topics. That just has a chilling effect on free speech.

I don't agree with conclusion of the grand jury either and I believe they are missing the point.
so whats the proffesion of those grand jury that they know how to judge? :)