Turkish ministry calls on TV watchdog to act against Netflix movie 'Cuties’

Turkey’s Ministry of Family and Social Policies called on the country’s top TV watchdog to take precautions against a new Netflix movie, which tells the story of a Muslim girl who removers her headscarf to take part in a dance competition.

The new film called “Cuties” (“Mignonnes”, in its original French) could lead to the “neglect and abuse of children and negatively affect their psycho-social development”, Birgün newspaper quoted the ministry as saying.

The ministry said it asked Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), Turkey’s state broadcasting regulator, to evaluate and take “preventative measures’’ against the movie. The film’s trailer was released on Thursday.

The Netflix movie’s plot surrounds 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. 

Despite not being released yet, the film has been criticised for sexualising children, with over 240,000 people calling for its removal on petition site Change.org at the time this article was published.