Turkey’s TV watchdog scraps Netflix film ‘Cuties’ following backlash

Turkey’s state broadcasting regulator has removed a controversial Netflix movie  “Cuties’’ from the streaming service’s Turkey catalogue after the Ministry of Family and Social Policies prompted the watchdog to take action against the production for negatively affecting children.

Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) has ruled that French production “Cuties,’’  which tells the story of a Muslim girl who removes her headscarf to take part in a dance competition, features content that could “exploit children, the feeble and disabled, “T24 news site reported on Monday.

The Netflix movie caused a stir ahead of its release last month for sexualising children, with over 300,000 people calling for its removal on petition site Change.org 

Turkey’s Ministry of Family and Social Policies last month called on the country’s top TV watchdog to take action against the film, saying the production could lead to the “neglect and abuse of children and negatively affect their psycho-social development”

“Cuties” (“Mignonnes”, in its original French), tells the story of Amy, a 11-year-old Senegalese Muslim who is torn between her traditional values and a group of rebellious young girls. Amy eventually decides to remove her Islamic headscarf to partake in a twerking competition.