A new hashtag is trending on Twitter: #CancelNetflix. Thousands of Americans are canceling their Netflix subscriptions and taking to social media to denounce the company’s broadcasting of Cuties – a new French film that centers on a group of 11-year old Parisian girls in a hyper-sexualized dance troupe.
Despite Netflix’s original poster ad for the film depicting half-clothed adolescent girls in seductive positions, the streaming service now describes the film innocently enough: “Eleven-year-old Amy starts to rebel against her conservative family’s traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew.”
But the reality – from the clip I viewed as well reviews from those who have seen the film in its entirety – is completely different. As Rod Dreher at The American Conservative stated, “[Cuties] centers on the grotesque sexualization of minor girls” and “is a deeply dishonest film that exploits its young cast nauseatingly.”
The black and white of it is that the film stars scantily clad pre-teens who perform stripper-like dance routines, including twerking, suggestively sucking their fingers, and simulating sexual acts. The film also includes clips of the girls watching hardcore porn on their smartphones.
It is truly disgusting and deeply disturbing. As the mother of an 11-year old girl and her two younger sisters, I am outraged that Netflix would air such a film, which is distasteful at best and criminal at worst. Isn’t Netflix run by adults? Some of whom have young children? All of whom should care about objectifying adolescent girls and sexualizing children?
Astonishingly, Netflix continues to defend the movie amid severe backlash and numerous calls to #CancelNetflix. According to a Netflix spokesperson, Cuties is 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.”
NO THANKS, Netflix!
I won’t be watching this garbage, but more importantly, I don’t want my daughters watching this pornographic film, nor the pedophiles who prey on young girls.
Which begs the question – who, exactly, is Netflix’s target audience here?
I shudder to think it is adolescent girls and pedophiles – yet those are the populations most likely to be interested in a movie about adolescent girls who perform sexually explicit dance routines with close-up shots of their pelvic areas, behinds and in one shot – a bare breast.
The images and dancing in Cuties are nothing less than obscene and pornographic.
Any business that peddles child pornography and any film producer that promotes the sexualization of children should be held accountable.
Thankfully, some in Washington agree and they are doing something about it. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has written to Netflix and urged them to take down Cuties immediately. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has called on the Department of Justice to investigate whether the film violates federal law, while Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) have asked the DOJ to take swift action and prosecute Netflix for the distribution of child pornography. These Members of Congress and others, including Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), are speaking boldly in defense of children.
Gabbard tweeted “child porn ‘Cuties’ will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade. 1 in 4 victims of trafficking are children. It happened to my friend’s 13 year old daughter.”
And she’s exactly right. Pornography increases the demand for sex trafficking and is used to groom trafficking victims. Another word for “trafficking” is “slavery.” Films like Cuties fuel modern-day child sex slavery. Pornography also steals our children’s innocence, increases violence against women, causes psychological addiction and destroys families.
The movement to #CancelNetflix is not about one distasteful, offensive film. The Cuties backlash is about a lot of sensible Americans saying “Enough is enough. Stop the sexualization of our children and the infiltration of pornography into our culture and homes.”
How do we do that?
The good news is that we don’t need new laws to prevent images like those seen in Cuties appearing in our living rooms. The bad news is that federal obscenity laws are not being readily enforced.
For several months, Family Policy Alliance has collected signatures on a petition to Attorney General William Barr asking him to declare obscenity prosecution a national priority at the Department of Justice and to vigorously enforce current obscenity laws, including laws against child pornography.
We will soon deliver this petition to the Department of Justice. If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to sign the petition today.
You may also consider canceling your Netflix subscription or joining the movement on social media to call Netflix to account and urge the company to reverse course on peddling child pornography.
This month, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on whether to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act. The bill is even worse than you may think: please contact your representative TODAY through our Action Center.
Currently, marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law. (While some states have legalized recreational marijuana in their own states, this only “works” to the extent that federal law enforcement turns a blind eye to offenses.) Still, the federal status of marijuana hasn’t stopped Pelosi’s House from trying to support Big Marijuana: last fall they attempted to fund the illegal industry through the SAFE Banking Act, and they tried the same trick with emergency COVID funding this spring.
Now, Pelosi’s House wants to go further by legalizing marijuana at the federal level. While that doesn’t automatically make marijuana legal throughout the states, it would certainly send a strong message that marijuana just isn’t a big deal. But we know it is a big deal. That’s why it’s on Schedule I, a federal list of drugs that have “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”*
Indeed, marijuana is not the harmless drug some paint it to be. Here are the facts:
- One study found that regular recreational marijuana users had psychotic disorders at a greater rate than users of any other drug (more than cocaine, methamphetamine, amphetamine, LSD, PCP, or alcohol).
- Following legalization, central Oregon hospitals saw a nearly 2,000% increase in emergency room visits due to marijuana poisoning.
- When THC (the psychoactive, “high”-inducing substance in marijuana) is present in vaping products, it can be dangerous and even fatal: as of this February, states reported 2,807 hospitalized cases (including 68 confirmed deaths) of a lung disease linked with vaping and in particular with products containing THC.
And it’s not just medical concerns. Here’s what happened in Colorado when it legalized pot:
The bill would open the floodgates for what happened to Colorado to begin to happen nationwide. And the bill isn’t just about removing criminal penalties. Here are some of the other things the bill would do:
- Eliminate criminal penalties for the manufacture and distribution of marijuana
- Expunge records for previous marijuana offenses, including manufacture and distribution
- Legitimize Big Marijuana by charging the Small Business Administration with creating a “Cannabis Opportunity Program” giving loans to the cannabis industry, and an “Equitable Licensing Grant Program” designed to “minimize barriers to cannabis licensing”
The bottom line? This bill is dangerous.
Representatives have been asked to indicate by Thursday whether they will support the bill. Please visit our Action Center today to contact your Representative and ask them to NOT support this dangerous legislation!
*Hemp, a cannabis plant with a very low content of THC, is sometimes used for medical reasons and is already exempt from the Controlled Substances Act.
Nearly half a century ago, the Supreme Court issued an opinion that would change the legal landscape of the pornography industry. In Miller v. California, the Supreme Court cloaked pornography in First Amendment protections, allowing the porn industry to get away with exploiting countless lives both on screen and those who viewed the content. Ever since then, courts have struck down lawmakers’ efforts to restrict pornography, and prosecutors have been afraid to even enforce laws already on the books that do pass Supreme Court muster. There are even sections of law that allow porn sites to get away with their blatant abuse by passively permitting others to post on their site.
The First Amendment was never meant to protect the exploitative, multi-billion-dollar industry of pornography. The industry has sexually abused countless young children—and then broadcast the video or image of their abuse to the whole world on sites like Pornhub. Pornhub is the largest pornography website on the planet with over 42 billion visits a year. Pornhub is knowingly complicit in the human trafficking industry.
And of course, a site like Pornhub could not miss an opportunity to exploit ongoing international and national crises – like COVID-19 and racial tensions in the U.S. In the height of the pandemic, Pornhub did its best to use the crisis as an opportunity to gain even greater foothold in homes by offering increased access to its harmful content. In the last several months, Pornhub also allowed videos expressly created to denigrate minorities to circulate on its site. The hypocrisy was overwhelming when they also claimed to fight for equality. Pornhub’s version of equality is equally exploiting everyone.
We believe that everyone has dignity and value because they are created in the image of God. We believe that the porn industry exploits women and children, as well as the men they prey on to fund their bloated bank accounts. And we believe that the porn industry should be held accountable for the content that they put on the internet.
If you agree and haven’t yet had a chance, would you take 30 seconds to add your name to our petition to President Trump’s Attorney General Barr, asking him to make prosecuting obscenity a top priority in his office? This is just one way that we can start changing the culture when it comes to holding the porn industry accountable.
Brittany Jones, Esq.
The shenanigans never stop. As Georgia seeks to recover from COVID, pass a budget, return to the roaring economy of early 2020, seek solutions to racial strife, ensure the safety of our citizens, and advance our values – the gambling lobby is aiming to shove their agenda down the throats of Georgians in the waning days of the session.
Don’t let this happen! Contact your legislator today and tell them NO GAMBLING EXPANSION!
For a quick tool on your legislators’ contact info, you can visit our Action Center. NOTE: the system defaults to Federal officials. Click on the “Georgia” tab to find your State Senator and State Representative.
Gambling expansion will harm countless Georgians. It’s predatory on the poor, leads to increased crime and human trafficking, and destroys communities. Moreover, IT COSTS THE STATE MONEY – a terrible idea in a budget crisis. Flat out, gambling expansion only helps casino bosses who will profit at the expense of Georgians by tens of millions.
ACT NOW! Make a personal call or email to your legislator TODAY! Make sure they hear from you.
A personal call/email sent by you is the best way to ensure your voice is heard. Please take the time to write an email or make a call. If you do not have the time, however, our ally Erick Erickson has an automated message that will come from you with just a few clicks HERE.
Thank you for engaging on this important issue! With all that is going on in our world, the General Assembly needs to know you’re watching!
President and Executive Director
The Family Policy Alliance team alerted you when Nancy Pelosi tried to sneak a taxpayer funding stream for abortion into the COVID-19 relief plan—and your voice and quick action helped stop her in her tracks. We alerted you when Planned Parenthood unbelievably asked for donations of medical supplies like masks and defied orders to stop elective procedures. But another big money industry is hoping to cash in on the coronavirus crisis. Big Marijuana—and their allies in the U.S. House—are hoping to get disaster relief funding for themselves.
Big Marijuana believes it deserves your taxpayer dollars—despite the fact that marijuana is an illegal drug under federal law. It begs the question: With so many small businesses hurting during the crisis, why should taxpayer relief money go to an illegal industry already flowing in cash?
At last count, about thirty other legislators (from both sides of the aisle) joined Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) in pushing House leadership to make the marijuana industry eligible for all COVID-19 relief programs—even though these programs are already low on funding. Worse yet, the bill would require the funding to extend not just to medical marijuana dispensaries, but to recreational marijuana as well.
And what would our taxpayer money pay for if Big Marijuana were given access to COVID-19 relief? Check out our video on what Colorado looks like since legalizing recreational pot.
Keep in mind that in many states, Big Marijuana has been considered an “essential business” and allowed to continue operations—still raking in cash. Yet, America’s small businesses have been forced to close their doors, suffering major revenue loss and leaving millions of Americans without jobs.
Big Marijuana and their allies in Congress want to see money intended for America’s small businesses go up in smoke—literally.
Family Policy Alliance strongly opposes this effort to allow Big Marijuana access to COVID-19 relief programs. If you agree, please help us spread the word by sharing this article on Facebook or by forwarding it to your friends.
For the family,
The abortion industry isn’t the only one exploiting the COVID-19 crisis for their own bottom line. Pornhub, the world’s largest pornography website, is also jumping into the fray by making its premium content free worldwide. Amidst the coronavirus crisis, media accounts estimate over 1 billion people are in lock-down and Pornhub has declared their content is an “enjoyable way to pass the time.”
The adult website has been working hard to bolster its public image by engaging in other grand gestures of “philanthropy” during this pandemic. But let’s not forget, before the coronavirus outbreak Pornhub was embroiled in controversy because it has consistently and repeatedly failed to remove obscene and illegal content from its site—content that depicts children and sex-trafficking victims. Pornhub itself has not denied its top searches involve the word “teen,” but they’re not doing much because their premium users have made them billions of dollars. But others are doing something. To-date almost one million people have signed a petition to shut down Pornhub because of its inextricable connection to the trafficking industry.
Just a month ago, we shared two stories of child victims’ horrific experiences that Pornhub was only too happy to exploit for profit. Unfortunately, these stories are countless and Pornhub isn’t the only one using global quarantines to profit off grossly illegal content.
Snapchat, (a popular social media platform primarily used by teens to exchange photos) has been clearly and explicitly encouraging teens to engage in “sexting” during the quarantine. Several major problems here, but probably the biggest one is teens exchanging explicit photos is child pornography and unquestionably illegal. Sexting also exposes our children to graphic and addictive content published by their own peers. This is sick. When companies unashamedly make vulgar appeals to promote and profit off of the victimization of women and children, we need people who will stand up and do something.
Now is the time for our Attorney General to take immediate action to hold these companies accountable for their appalling disregard of the law and their victims. America has laws on the books to hold these corporations accountable and they must be enforced!
If you haven’t done so already, take 30 seconds and add your name to the list of thousands of other names urging Attorney General Barr to make prosecuting obscenity—and the companies that distribute it—a priority!
Our children can’t wait.
Throughout the legislative session, the casino industry funded a massive lobbying push in the hopes of making Georgia a gambling haven.
We fought back because, as I pointed out in the Sen. Bruce Thompson and Cole Muzio (me) versus Sen. Brandon Beach and Gov. Haley Barbour debate, casinos never, ever work.
One of the things we’ve consistently pointed out is that, no matter what concession legislators make to the gambling lobby – which is already spending big at the Capitol and in elections – they will always come back for more.
And, we’re seeing that with the Coronavirus crisis. As the government debates how best to provide a stimulus to American businesses and citizens, the Washington Post reports that casinos already have their hand out.
Casinos want a bailout because profiteering off the poor isn’t enough. Their twisted “business model” constantly demands help from the government, and, once entrenched in Georgia, we can expect even worse from these powerful interests if our politicians abdicate their responsibility and allow them to take root.
And, that’s not the only consequence. Human trafficking, crime, increased costs of government services, and massive growth in bankruptcy and addiction are among the items on the list. Don’t let Georgia go down this path!
With extra time at home while you’re practicing “social distancing,” I’d encourage you to reach out to your state legislators (which can be found HERE) to let them know that we expect them to OPPOSE ANY EFFORT to bring casinos to our state.
Casinos don’t work, and they will always seek to profit the few wealthy executives at the expense of the poor specifically and, in crisis, every taxpayer across our country.
President and Executive Director
P.S. I continue my prayers for you and your family. Please continue to abide by the guidelines established by Governor Kemp and stay safe!
PPS. The two State Senators mentioned above are among those legislators who have tested positive for COVID 19. Please keep them and all those battling this virus in your prayers, regardless of what you think of their politics.
In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump made a very encouraging promise: For the first time in years, the U.S. would enforce existing laws against obscene pornography. But that promise remains unfulfilled, despite official pleas from pro-family congressmen. That’s why we are inviting you to join thousands of other Americans in calling on U.S. Attorney General William Barr to fulfill President Trump’s pledge.
Now, even more evidence has emerged that reveals the horrific damage caused by hard-core porn.
Consider the tragic story of Rose. She was raped at knife point by three men over a period of 12 hours when she was 14 years old. The men recorded the assault and uploaded the video to Pornhub. When the video of the rape got out, Rose was forced to relive her trauma again and again by people who had seen the video – bullied by some and avoided by others.
Rose begged Pornhub to take down the video. She was a minor. She was kidnapped and violently assaulted, suffering serious injuries. For six months, Rose begged. It wasn’t until Rose faked an email account and pretended to be a lawyer that Pornhub finally removed the video. But the damage was beyond repair.
The stories continue. Just recently, police were finally able to track down a missing trafficked teen after a year-long search. They found her after her own mother was tipped off that the young girl might be on Pornhub. She was. Sixty videos and photos of the young girl had been uploaded to the website by her kidnapper, trafficker and rapist.
There are countless more stories like these.
Pornhub is the nation’s largest porn site, with 42 billion visits last year. Yet, not all porn is legal in the United States. Everyone knows that child porn is illegal. But so are videos of rape, depictions of sex-trafficking victims, and
Simple – because they aren’t being prosecuted, and they won’t police themselves.
That’s why four members of Congress – Reps. Jim Banks, Vicky Hartzler, Mark Meadows and Brian Babin – sent a letter to Attorney General Barr asking him to fulfill President Trump’s pledge to prosecute obscene pornography. They have yet to receive a substantive response.
Please join with Family Policy Alliance and a rising chorus of thousands of Americans in calling on AG Barr for action. You can add your name in about 30 seconds.
Thank you for speaking up and spreading the word!
The Family Policy Alliance Team
Family Policy Alliance is calling on Attorney General William Barr to follow through on President Trump’s pledge to enforce federal obscenity laws. Please add your name to this call from thousands of Americans to ensure this critical pledge is fulfilled.
As obscene pornography proliferates the Internet and seeps into too many American homes, marriages are damaged, children are violated, and families are fractured.
The $3 billion child pornography industry represents the worst kind of obscenity. But plenty of other obscene material is available to anyone online with a few quick clicks. With 4.5 million Internet porn sites, it’s not hard to understand why nine out of every ten boys under the age of 18 have viewed pornography.
The impact of the ever-increasing accessibility and availability of obscene material is significant. The hyper-sexualization of our culture (remember the Super Bowl halftime show?), pornography addiction, violence against women, human trafficking and child pornography are all on the rise.
Something must be done. And something CAN be done.
As a candidate, President Trump signed the first-ever anti-pornography pledge which declared he would enforce federal obscenity laws if elected. Unfortunately, his pledge is yet unfulfilled. Fortunately, there is still time and there are plenty of obscenity laws on the books that President Trump’s Department of Justice can enforce.
Specifically, Attorney General Barr and the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices which he directs can enforce laws that prohibit the distribution of obscene pornography on the Internet, on cable and satellite TV, in hotels, in retail stores and by common carrier.
In December of 2019, four U.S. Members of Congress (Reps. Jim Banks, Vicky Hartzler, Mark Meadows and Brian Babin) sent a letter to AG Barr asking him to do just this and declare the prosecution of obscene pornography a criminal justice priority. So far, their letter has gone unanswered.
Attorney General Barr needs to know that obscenity prosecution is a priority to American families and should be to the Department of Justice as well. Please join with Family Policy Alliance and a rising chorus of Americans in calling on AG Barr for action.
Thank you for speaking up and spreading the word!
The Family Policy Alliance Team
This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will likely consider SB115 which would legalize recreational marijuana in New Mexico, and your quick help is needed to urge the following committee members to vote “NO.”
Senator Joseph Cervantes
Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto
Senator William H. Payne
Senator Gregory A. Baca
Senator Ron Griggs
Senator Linda M. Lopez
Senator Richard C. Martinez
Senator Mark Moores
Senator Bill B. O’Neill
Senator Mimi Stewart
Senator Peter Wirth
According to a recent poll, more than 63% of New Mexico voters do not support this proposal, given the facts that medicinal marijuana is already legal and that we have decriminalized possession for small amounts of marijuana.
Pro-pot legislators and lobbyists have accused law enforcement, business community leaders, and us of using “scare tactics” in our opposition to this bill. Apparently, facts scare them—and for good reason!
Consider these facts:
- Marijuana-impaired driving fatalities in Colorado and Washington have more than doubled since legalization.
- Colorado now leads the nation in first-time marijuana use among youth and marijuana-related ER visits by Colorado teens are on the rise.
- Between 2017 and 2018, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon—three states with legalized marijuana—were among the top four states with an increase in chronically homeless people.
- After legalization in Colorado, the percentage of Hispanic teens arrested increased by 29% (between 2012 and 2014).
- Death rates involving prescription opioids are 23% higher in states with legal marijuana.
Please contact the Senate Judiciary Committee members TODAY and urge them to vote “NO” on SB115. We have made it simple for you to communicate this request. Simply click here and you can send these Senators a message in 30 seconds!
After you have sent the message through our Action Center, please call the Senators at the numbers provided above and leave the same message.
Thank you for making your voice heard!
The Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico Team