Senator (R-TX) Ted Cruz on Saturday, Sept. 11, sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking they investigate the possibility “Netflix, its executives, or the filmmakers violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography.”
In the letter addressed to The Honorable William P. Barr, Cruz said the film “Cuties” sexualizes young girls through dance scenes simulating sexual activities and “a scene exposing a minor’s bare breast.”
“The film, directed by a French director, is ostensible about an 11-year-old girl in Paris who becomes a member of a provocative dance group with other similarly-aged girls,” Cruz said in the letter. “The film routinely fetishizes and sexualizes these pre-adolescent girls as they perform dances simulating sexual conduct in revealing clothing, including at least one scene with partial child nudity.”
In the letter, Cruz says the scenes are harmful.
“And it is likely that the filming of this movie created even more explicit and abusive scenes, and that pedophiles across the world in the future will manipulate and imitate this film in abusive ways,” Cruz stated.
Thought the first amendment protects artistic expression, Cruz says, individuals or companies are not protected in producing or distributing child pornography.
“The sexual exploitation of children is wrong and it’s disgusting,” said Cruz Monday evening on his Facebook page. “The DOJ has a significant role in preventing the sexual abuse of children. That’s why I’m urging AG Barr to investigate if anyone involved with Netflix’s ‘Cuties’ violated federal child pornography laws.”
A copy of the letter Cruz sent to Barr can be found here.
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