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NBC News: Netflix faces backlash again for French film ‘Cuties’ about young girls

Originally Published at NBC News By Francesca Gariano Netflix is receiving more backlash on social media after the French film “Cuties” debuted on the streaming platform Wednesday. The film, directed by Maïmouna Doucouré, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. “Cuties” follows an 11-year-old girl living in Paris who wants to join a local “free-spirited dance…


NY Daily News: Netflix called out by National Center on Sexual Exploitation for coming-of-age drama ‘Cuties’

Originally Published at NY Daily News By Storm Gifford A French coming-of-age film about a preteen girl seeking acceptance as a member of a dance troupe has drawn the attention of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “Cuties” chronicles 11-year-old Senegalese girl Amy’s journey through adolescence as she attempts to fit in with her peers…


USA Today: Netflix asks viewers to watch controversial ‘Cuties,’ Sen. Ted Cruz seeks criminal investigation

Originally Published at USA Today By Sara M Moniuszko A day after the film debuted on the streaming service, the hashtags #CancelNetflix and #BoycottNetflix were trending on social media. Netflix responded to the criticism in a statement provided to USA TODAY on Friday: “Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. It’s an award winning film…


Newsweek: ‘#CancelNetflix Is Valid’: The National Center on Sexual Exploitation Weighs in on ‘Cuties’

Originally Published at Newsweek By James Crowley Cuties director Maïmouna Doucouré spoke about how young girls are exposed to overly sexualized women in an interview, called “Why I Made Cuties,” that was released on YouTube on Wednesday, as part of Netflix’s “Film Club” series. “Our girls see that the more a woman is overly sexualized on social…


World Tribune: National outrage growing over California’s sex offender law

Originally Published at World Tribune Outrage is growing over legislation passed by California’s State Assembly which would eliminate automatic sex-offender registration for adults who have voluntary oral or anal sex with 14- to-17-year-olds when the offender is within 10 years of the age of the teenager involved. SB 145 passed both chambers of the State…


Aleteia: 3 Ways that anyone, anywhere, can join the fight against human trafficking

Originally Published at Aleteia By Theresa Civantos Barber You’ve probably read or heard about the present-day crisis of human trafficking, which has been garnering a lot of news coverage lately. But other than sharing information on social media, you might be wondering, “What can I actually do to help?”  It’s certainly crucial to understand what trafficking really…


The Christian Post: Sexual exploitation, advocacy groups on controversial Trolls doll: ‘Not an accident’

Originally Published at The Christian Post By Blake Fussell After a petition was launched against the Poppy doll featuring a button under its skirt that makes gasping and giggling sounds, Hasbro announced last week that it’s pulling the toy from retailers. The game company said it was “not intentional” and that the doll was meant to…


Mashable: Twitter and the porn apocalypse that could reshape the industry as we know it

Originally Published at Mashable By Mark Hay A substantial portion of the adult entertainment industry lives in perpetual fear not of anti-porn activists or conservative legislation, but of a crackdown on their accounts by Twitter — a move many performers and producers believe is imminent and will be apocalyptic for them. A concentrated wave of…


CBN News: TikTok Added to Dirty Dozen List, Watchdog Warns Kids Are at Risk

Originally Published at CBN News President Trump is threatening to shut down the Chinese-owned video app TikTok, because of claims it is a source of national security and censorship concerns. He has set a Sept. 15 deadline for it to be bought out by an American company or go out of business. Now the National…


The White House: Press Briefing 8/4/2020

Originally Published at The White House By Kayleigh McEnany Question: Thank you, Kayleigh. This administration has worked to — has identified human trafficking as a crisis and has worked to combat it. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has identified TikTok an online — online platform that enables sexual exploitation of young people, especially in…


Deseret News: Justice or vigilantism? Here’s why some Gen Z survivors of sexual assault are turning to social media

Originally Published at Deseret News By Erica Evans Utah is having its own #MeToo moment. Using a trending hashtag that surfaced in June, hundreds of Utah social media users have shared their personal stories of sexual assault and the names of their alleged abusers. The hashtag is empowering mostly Generation Z survivors to speak out…


Oxygen: Where is Rachael Denhollander, The First Woman To Speak Out Publicly Against Larry Nassar, Now?

Originally Published at Oxygen By Ted Quarterman Of the hundreds of women who came forward to testify against Larry Nassar as shown in the new Netflix documentary “Athlete A,” Rachael Denhollander was the first to publicly condemn the now-convicted serial sexual abuser. Denhollander — a lawyer and former gymnast who was assaulted by Nassar when she was 15…