Sen. Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Netflix’s ‘Cuties’


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Unedited press release from the press office of Sen. Ted Cruz

HOUSTON, Texas – Following Netflix’s promotion and defense of its new film titled “Cuties,” U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) sent a letter calling on the Department of Justice to investigate whether Netflix, its executives or the makers of the film violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography.

Film critics say “Cuties” is a film for parents, and the director in her artistic way, is imploring moms and dads to pay attention to your kids and what they’re influenced by at a formative age. The director herself said the film is about protecting children, what she has seen happening in real life with young girls and the need to sound an alarm.

In the letter to Attorney General Bill Barr, Sen. Cruz wrote:

“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. These scenes in and of themselves 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.

He concluded:

As you know, the Department of Justice has a significant role in preventing the sexual abuse of children. The Department enforces federal criminal law making it a serious crime to produce or distribute material involving the sexual exploitation of minors, including the filming of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. […]

“Although the First Amendment provides vigorous protection for artistic expression, it does not allow individuals or for-profit corporations to produce or distribute child pornography. Accordingly, I urge the Department to investigate the production of ‘Cuties’ and Netflix’s distribution of the film in order to determine whether Netflix, any of its executives, or anyone involved with the making of ‘Cuties’ violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography.”

Read the full text of the letter here and below:


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