defended the movie, saying in a statement Thursday that the movie provides “social commentary against the sexualization of young children.” The streamer has previously apologized for the movie’s trailer and poster, which highlighted moments from the lewd dance sequence.
Sen. Josh Hawley called out Netflix’s purported concern about child sexual exploitation, by highlighting posts to the parental guide page of IMDB, where warnings about nudity and hyper-sexual scenes involving young girls are shown.
None of this came up during Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings’ interview with CNN on Thursday. Instead, the executive spoke about the internal work culture at Netflix and even his experience in marriage counseling and how it helped him become a better manager.
Host Poppy Harlow asked Hastings about Netflix’s decision last year to censor an episode of its comedy show
Patriot Act in Saudi Arabia.
“It was a very difficult decision,” Reed Hastings said, adding that the episode was available on YouTube in Saudi Arabia and that Netflix was able to show content including
Queer Eye and Orange Is the New Black. “It is a troubling compromise, not something that we approach easily or lightly. But on balance, we think that it’s a good move.”
Netflix has a production deal with Barack and Michelle Obama, who
have so far remained silent on the Cuties controversy. So has former Obama national security advisor Susan Rice, who sits on Netflix’s board of directors.
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