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Republican House Members Ask AG Barr to Prosecute Netflix for ‘Child Pornography,' following Release of Film ‘Cuties'

Added 09-17-20 06:04:03pm EST - “Banks's letter follows Netflix's debut of the film ?Cuties,' which depicts a group of eleven-year-old girls who join a dance competition and choreograph sexually-suggestive ?” - Nationalreview.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nationalreview.com: “Republican House Members Ask AG Barr to Prosecute Netflix for ‘Child Pornography,’ following Release of Film ‘Cuties’ | National Review”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Representative Jim Banks (R., Ind.) requested that Attorney General William Barr prosecute streaming service Netflix for “child pornography,” in a letter signed by 33 House Republican colleagues and shared with National Review.

Banks’s letter follows Netflix’s debut of the film Cuties, which depicts a group of eleven-year-old girls who join a dance competition and choreograph sexually-suggestive routines.

The Internet Movie Database’s content advisory for the film notes that in one scene, “two little girls physically fight while others cheer and they remove a little girls pants exposing her bottom and tiny underwear – especially troublesome is the camera focuses on her bottom and people take pictures of her bottom.” There are multiple scenes of pre-teen girls dancing, including one in which “two grown men watch a child dance suggestively while other children encourage her.”

“Cuties clearly meets the United States’ legal definition of child pornography,” Banks wrote in the letter to Barr. “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.”

The film’s director and defenders have said the movie is intended to critique the sexualization of children. Banks countered, “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.”

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