Media Release

Classification Board turns blind eye to paedophile grooming film ‘Cuties’

The Australian Christian Lobby is appalled by an Australian Government Classification Board determination late this week that the Netflix film ‘Cuties’ warrants only an MA15+ ‘Strong Themes’ label. The film includes an 11-year-old child uploading an image of her genitals to a social media platform.

“The ACL calls upon the Communications Minister to intervene immediately,” ACL chief political officer Dan Flynn said. “When a film grooms young girls to perform provocative dance routines and depicts the uploading of child pornography, surely that is the moment for the Australian Classification Board to ‘Refuse Classification’ and ban the film.”

“The filmmakers and promoters have been cunning in depicting the film as a social commentary. Elements of the film have a sexualised element that will gratify some of the most depraved people.

“From the titling of the film to its marketing, ‘Cuties’ goes beyond a commentary to be a promotion of child sexualisation and increasing the risk of child exploitation and paedophile predatory behaviour. In this ‘TikTok’ age where girls will film themselves doing short dance routines to earn popularity, ‘Cuties’ is an awful step in the wrong direction.

“It is in the public interest that the Federal Government act immediately to ban this film.”

ENDS

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