A state Republican lawmaker has called on Attorney General Keith Ellison to investigate Netflix for the “production and distribution of child pornography” following the release of its highly controversial film “Cuties.”
State Rep. Tim Miller called the movie an “abhorrent attack on children and their innocence” in a letter sent to Ellison Wednesday.
“This film normalizes the sexualization of children. This is despicable. Frankly, I find it disgusting that our culture has become so depraved that this letter is even necessary,” said Miller.
He asked Ellison to “consider an independent investigation of the production and distribution of ‘Cuties’ to determine whether Netflix, its executives, or other individuals violated Minnesota law regarding production and distribution of child pornography.”
Miller believes the movie clearly violates Minnesota law, which defines child pornography as any original film that “uses a minor to depict actual or simulated sexual conduct,” he said.
“‘Cuties’ blatantly and repeatedly sexualizes pre-adolescent girls as they perform dances simulating sexual conduct in revealing clothing,” Miller wrote to Ellison. “An investigation should begin immediately.”
“You are the chief law enforcement officer in Minnesota. We are counting on you to take swift, unambiguous action to protect innocent children,” he added.
Miller also called on Ellison to join the attorneys general of Ohio, Texas, Florida, and Louisiana in demanding that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings cease distribution of the film.
“The abuse of children is horrendous and unacceptable. Netflix’s decision to produce and distribute ‘Cuties’ is an assault on the innocence of childhood,” Miller said in a statement.
“Movies like this destroy essential boundaries by conditioning children to think they are sexual beings. This leads to the child exploitation and trafficking I have fought against since I was first elected to the Legislature. Decent people everywhere should be outraged that a massive media empire is unabashedly peddling such content,” he continued.
Like Miller, Republicans at the federal level have called on the U.S. Department of Justice to take legal action against Netflix for producing the movie.
Netflix maintains that the film is a “social commentary against the sexualization of young children,” according to the Daily Caller.
Traffic to the company’s U.S. cancellations page spiked 187% following online backlash to the movie.