Allegedly harmful to children: This Netflix film is not allowed to be published in Turkey
In the coming-of-age drama “Cuties”, an 11-year-old girl becomes a member of a dance group that pretends to be very adult. In Turkey, Netflix is not allowed to show the film because children could be harmed by it, it is said.
Netflix shows a different program in different countries, as the streaming service does not have the rights for every title everywhere – and sometimes the program differs because one state intervenes.
As Reuters and the industry magazine Deadline report, the responsible authority in Turkey has instructed the streaming service not to show the youth drama “Cuties”, which will be published in Germany and other countries on September 9, 2020.
The reason has to do with the content of the film, in which eleven-year-old Amy (Fathia Youssouf) moves with her mother and brother from Senegal to Paris, where she joins a girls’ dance group. The girls pretend to be very adult and have their first sexual experiences – a new world for the religiously brought up Amy.
Exploitation of children?
Turkey justified the censorship with the fact that “cuties” show pictures of the exploitation of children, whereby exploitation is probably to be understood in a sexual context. The Turkish Family Ministry had previously said that the film “could induce children to be open to abuse and affect their psychosocial development”.
could induce children to be open to abuse and affect their psychosocial development
Netflix had previously complied with a request for censorship by Turkey when an episode of the thriller series “Designated Survivor”, which shows a fictional Turkish president as an opponent, was taken offline Vexmovies.
“Cuties” was already in the headlines
“Cuties” is one of the films that is best known for the scandals that go with it (the film is said to be very good, as the reviews after the Sundance premiere suggest). When Netflix advertised the youth drama with a – now withdrawn – poster that shows the girls in tight, provocative outfits, the streaming service was criticized for it on social networks: