Senator Tom Cotton and Representative Jim Banks, both Republicans, urged the Department of Justice on Friday to take legal action against Netflix for the film "Cuties."
"There's no excuse for the sexualization of children, and Netflix's decision to promote the film ‘Cuties' is disgusting at best and a serious crime at worst," Cotton said. "I urge the Department of Justice to take action against Netflix for their role in pushing explicit depictions of children into American homes."
Banks said the Department of Justice should be "readying charges against Netflix for distribution of child pornography."
"As a father of young daughters, I find it sickening. Not only is this movie fodder for pedophiles, it encourages very young girls to defy their parents' wishes and share pornographic images of themselves with strangers, " Banks said. "Our culture has come a long way in recent years, recognizing the power of television, movies and magazines to affect young girls."
Before Cotton and Banks' statements, a Netflix spokesperson defended the film on Thursday:
"Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. It's an award-winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up – and we'd encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie."
? On Thursday, Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, was not asked a single question about "Cuties" in his 10-minute interview on CNN. As of Saturday morning, over 445,000 people signed a petition to remove "Cuties" from Netflix. Cotton also tweeted Saturday morning: "We deserve to know the extent of Disney's cooperation with the Chinese Communists running the concentration camps in Xinjian Province."