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Netflix’s Cuties sparks petition to scrap movie over “twerking”

Published: 20/Aug/2020 15:47

by Alice Hearing

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Netflix is facing huge backlash on Twitter after announcing the release of a new film called Cuties, about 11-year-old girls who become “fascinated” with twerking.

The film, set for release on September 9, follows a young girl called Amy from a traditional Muslim household who wants to join a dance crew. The film is called Mignonnes in France and was written and directed by Maïmouna Doucouré. The French poster for the film is also very different to the American version.

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Netflix’s plot description did read: “She starts to explore her femininity, defying her family’s traditions.” The film poster shows the group girls dressed in crop tops and shorts.

Within hours of the announcement, Twitter has erupted with outrage with thousands condemning the film for its depiction of youngsters.

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Political commentator Michelle Malkin called Netflix “pedoflix”, while 3,000 people liked a tweet that read: “Everyone involved with this project should be jailed.”

Another user wrote: “No one wants to see their child dressed and posed like this.”

A petition has even been created asking Netflix to stop the film being streamed, with the creator writing, “There is no need for this kind of content in that age group.

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“There is no excuse, this is dangerous content!” The petition has reached more than 30,000 signatures, at the time of writing, in less than 24 hours.

The backlash is not just limited to Twitter. On YouTube, a quick search brings up several videos addressing concerns about the films with titles such as “Netflix’s ‘Cuties’ Confirms EVERYTHING We Feared About Hollywood” and “Netflix Movie “Cuties”: Sick, Disgusting and Completely Unacceptable.”

Allegedly a moderator posted on 4Chan asking that users not post any screenshots or clips from the movie, adding “Netflix may allow this crap, 4chan does not.”

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Cuties won an award for Best Director at Sundance. It also had three nominations; two at Berlin Film Festival, and another at Sundance.

Despite the backlash, Netflix told Metro.co.uk: “This was not an accurate representation of the film so the image and description has been updated.”

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It has now been changed to say: “11-year-old Amy starts to rebel against her conservative family’s traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew.”

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Small Twitch streamer gets emotional after PewDiePie donates to him again

Published: 15/Oct/2020 23:00

by Brent Koepp

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A small Twitch streamer became emotional after YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg donated to him. The personality thanked the star for bringing attention to his channel.

For many viewers around the world, PewDiePie has been the face of online entertainment over the last decade. The 30-year-old boasts 107 million YouTube subscribers in 2020.

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In September, the content creator went viral when he gave a small Twitch streamer his very first donation ever. And on October 15, the personality became emotional when the Swede donated to him for the second time.

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The YouTuber donated money to small streamers on Twitch.

Small streamer emotional after PewDiePie donates

On September 24, Twitch streamer BluWolfie123 was playing the wildly popular title Among Us when he received a donation from PewDiePie. Stunned and not sure if it was really the YouTuber, the personality exclaimed “That’s f**king insane. What the hell! It’s my first donation!”

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On October 15, the entertainer decided to donate to the streamer a second time. “This is the same [streamer] from last time. Hey, he grew in viewers, good for him!” Pewds said, as he donated another $100. Shocked, BluWolfie exclaimed, “What the f**k?!”

The Twitch streamer then asked if PewDiePie was watching him live, before thanking him: “Holy s**t, thank you! I wanted to say thank you. I commented on your last video, but it got buried. Yo, if you’re there, I wanted to say thank you before. I wanted to thank you directly. If you’re here, thank you! You’re f**king awesome! I can not thank you enough.”

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Kjellberg thanked Wolfie for his kind words and then told viewers to check out the user’s Twitch channel. “Check out BluWolfie, he’s so wholesome,” he said. The streamer further commented on the situation on his About page. “I got super lucky thanks to the Pewds and his community and I’m super happy.”

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Pewds also gave away money to several other small channels on the Amazon-owned streaming platform – a few of whom cried over the popular YouTuber popping in to watch their broadcast.

This isn’t the first time PewDiePie has donated money. For months, he has been donating all of his streaming subscriber money to various charities. In October, he sent a mental health charity $144k.