American Muslim Group Calls on Netflix to Remove ‘Cuties’ Movie, Citing Offensive Depictions of Islam

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, Sept. 15 called on Netflix to remove the French film Cuties from its platform due to what it claims is the “disturbing sexualization” of children as well as its offensive and stereotypical depiction of Islam and Muslims.

The movie, about an 11-year-old girl from Senegal who joins a dance troupe to escape an overbearing mother, has generated a firestorm of controversy for Netflix regarding the film’s initial marketing and content that critics say overtly sexualizes underage girls.

CAIR now says the movie also demeans the Islamic religion. Specifically, the group says the film depicts the girl’s father as a polygamist, her mother as oppressed, and features a scene in which her family conducts an exorcism, leading the young girl to gyrate and “twerk” while wearing revealing clothing, all as an Arabic recitation plays in the background.

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“We join other Americans in calling on Netflix to remove this disturbing film from its platform,” Nihad Awad, national executive director of CAIR, said in a statement. “Although the filmmakers behind Cuties have argued that the film is meant to criticize the hyper-sexualization of children, a film cannot criticize the abuse of children while abusing children.”

The group says the film makes matters worse with its depictions of Islam and Muslims that range from the stereotypical to the offensive, including a scene in which a barely-clothed Muslim preteen gyrates during a forced exorcism. 

“None of this should be acceptable in American society, especially the sexual objectification of children,” Awad said. “Netflix should immediately remove the film and apologize to the public.”

Netflix and filmmaker Maimouna Doucouré, who claims she has received death threats, say the film is a critical look on pressure society puts on young girls to act sexual.

Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children,” Netflix said in a statement. “We’d encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie.”

The service wasn’t immediately available for comment regarding CAIR’s concerns.

4 thoughts on “American Muslim Group Calls on Netflix to Remove ‘Cuties’ Movie, Citing Offensive Depictions of Islam”

  1. Some of CAIR’s objections are odd. The group is upset because the film depicts the Muslim girl’s father as a polygamist? But Islam allows for polygamy: the Qur’an says that a man can have up to four wives (4:24). And CAIR is angry because the Muslim girl’s mother is oppressed? But the Qur’an says that a man can beat a woman from whom he fears disobedience (4:34), and that a woman’s testimony is worth half that of a man (2:282), and that a woman should inherit less than her brothers do (4:11), and that a man can marry and divorce even a prepubescent girl (65:4), and much more — and yet CAIR would have us believe that Muslim women aren’t oppressed.

    Odd.

    1. come to any islamic country and SEE THE ” OPPRESSION ” you talking about
      i dont think there is a marriage that can continue for more than 5 years in the west
      you never read about this verses or read the tafsir iam not talking about the new tafsirs iam talking about ones from 1000 years ago so you wont say it came bcs of the ENLIGHTMENT we gave to muslims
      the prophet himself never hit his wife or even yell at them while sometimes they were rly rude to him

    2. and you cant marry a woman before prepubescent but before 18 you can well she must accept too so you have your reply while in your countries you have a high rate of pedophilia and i heard some stories of 10 years old getting pregnant from western pp too while i never in my life heard of a 15 year old in here become pregnant or even marry so yea
      secondly inheirtance for men more than woman is normal as most men will face more challenges than woman and never saw a woman get sad about that in islamic countries bcs most of the time men are responsible to buy a house if he wants to get married
      and the offensive thing is that how they forced a 11 yr twerk with no clothes like wtf are they trying to appeal about us maybe you can show that we are pedos which numbers can prove westerns is more of a pedos and kids killers with the abortion rules but lets say we are
      but making a fken 11 years old twerk infront of her father wtf are they trying to say

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