Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Defends ‘Cuties,’ Asks Why We’re Considering ‘Censoring Storytelling’ in 2020

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Less than one week after a Texas grand jury indicted Netflix over its distribution of the controversial coming-of-age film Cuties, the company’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos has hit back at what he calls a discussion of “censoring storytelling.”The film, a feature debut from Maïmouna Doucouré, follows an 11-year-old Senegalese immigrant, Amy, as she attends her new school and befriends a dance group called the “Cuties.” As her family life becomes more stressful, Amy begins to teach the group racier and racier moves—all of which are at odds with her traditional upbringing. Netflix first promoted the film with an image of the girls in their dance uniforms—one that, out of context, does not convey the film’s investment in deconstructing and interrogating the sexualization of young girls. Netflix apologized for the misrepresentation, but by then the damage was done: Reactionaries on social media, particularly those on the right, have led a revolt against the film ever since.At Mipcom entertainment market on Monday, Sarandos said, “It’s a little surprising in 2020 America that we’re having a discussion about censoring storytelling,” Deadline reports.“It’s a film that is very misunderstood with some audiences, uniquely within the …

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