Are we in a battle for the soul of this nation?
A Texas grand jury has indicted Netflix for the child porn depicted in the film, Cuties!
A grand jury in Tyler County, Texas, has indicted Netflix, Inc. for “knowingly” distributing the graphic and “lewd” film “Cuties” on its streaming platform.
In full disclosure, I have not seen this film. Nor will I. But from the information readily available from numerous sources, it is clear this film contains graphic material that depicts young girls, under the age of 18, in sexually suggestive situations. There are instances of nudity, twerking, and child pornography. The indictment also claims there is a lewd display of a young girl’s pubic area while clothed or partially clothed, and that the girl was under 18 when the film was created.
Now I am no prude. Sleep with whoever the hell you want above the age of consent. But crap like this has no serious literary, artistic, or scientific value. I suppose it may have some political value to certain segments of our society who seem to be testing the waters for legitimizing this kind of behavior.
Thankfully, there is hope. Some people were upset!
Netflix experienced a huge backlash from many conservative communities for the film’s disturbing and hypersexualized portrayal of pre-pubescent girls. You’d think the sexual exploitation of pre-teen girls would be completely unacceptable to all Americans. Apparently, that’s not the case …
A number of Americans did launch a hashtag campaign, #CancelNetflix, against the company on various social media sites in the hope that people would cancel their NetFlix accounts. Yes. I canceled mine.
Netflix is becoming less popular among conservative viewers.
But then honestly, I hadn’t watched Netflix in a while anyway. I began to lose interest with the whole Michelle Wolf, Bill Maher, Jane Fonda thing. Add to that Barack and Michelle Obama and Susan Rice on the Board of Directors and an upcoming Obama talk show – well, it’s just not me.
To be fair, I believe that a free people should be able to watch what they want. If you don’t like it, you can certainly turn it off, change the channel, or cancel your subscription. But there is a legal aspect to this, at least in my mind. Programing should conform to society’s accepted rule of law. Airing softcore kiddie porn, or material which only appeals to the prurient interest in sex with minors, should not be legal. It will be interesting to see how this case plays out in Texas.
I suppose I am a little old fashioned, but I am proud of that. In many cases, change is good. Sometimes, however, it is not. So, before you condemn me for being a right-wing, misogynistic, xenophobic, homophobic, bitter, deplorable, puritanical (did I miss any) old fool, ask yourself – would you want your 11-year-old daughter portrayed in that manner?
I would hope not …
And if it wouldn’t bother you, I would argue that I am not the one with the problem.