Netflix Removes "Offensive" Promotional Image Of Cuties After Online Protest
Video streaming giant, Netflix, has been forced to remove a promotional image showing pre-teen girls posing in skimpy outfits for its new film called Cuties. The BBC reported that the French drama, with its trailer, sparked a significant amount of online disapproval and petition (25,000+ strong) for the image to be dropped.
Cutie is an award-winning drama that follows an 11-year old Senegalese who joins a dance group, which according to its writer and director - Maïmouna Doucouré, is cast to tackle the issues relating to the sexualisation of young girls.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Netflix has apologies for its errors, saying that it was "deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork" and that "the original poster was not an accurate representation of the film."
Maïmouna Doucouré, the writer of Cutie, was awarded the world cinema best director award at the Sundance Film Festival and has just been released in French cinemas under its original name Mignonnes.