Former First Lady Michelle Obama has been charged with being “complicit” in the sexualization of young girls for not speaking out against the controversial Netflix film, Cuties.
The film, released on the streaming giant on September 9, shows young girls aged 11-13 years in highly inappropriate clothing and doing inappropriate dances that many have decried as an attempt to normalize pedophilia.
Michelle Obama is deeply involved with Netflix, having signed a $50 million deal with the platform to produce content for the service in 2018 though the former first couple’s production company, Higher Ground Productions.
Both Barack and Michelle Obama have been curiously silent about the wildly controversial — and disturbing — film, even though the Obamas’ deal with Netflix was explicitly signed in order to “promote greater empathy and understanding.”
Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy slammed Michelle Obama’s refusal to speak out against the exploitative film in an op-ed published on Monday:
At a time the left has declared that “silence is violence,” Michelle Obama’s silence on Netflix’s controversial movie “Cuties” has not gone unnoticed. It is also undermining her brand as “America’s mom” and chief defender of female empowerment across the globe.
No one should doubt the considerable power former first lady Michelle Obama wields within Netflix or the unrivaled cultural influence she has to speak out in defense of preserving girlhood and innocence. Sadly, however, Michelle has a troubling history of celebrating, rather than denouncing, the sexualization of popular culture and of elevating artists who contribute to the pernicious cultural trend of equating stripper culture with female empowerment.
Campos-Duffy claimed that Michelle Obama’s considerable influence at Netflix could even have been used to halt the release of the film on the platform.
“At the very least, she could have expressed public outrage over the film’s hyper-sexualized depictions of 11-year-old girls,” Campos-Duffy wrote. “But she didn’t.”
“The truth is that despite her failure to do so in the past, Michelle Obama has the cultural influence, platform, and power to make real progress in the fight to reclaim girlhood and childhood innocence for America’s children,” Campos-Duffy remarked, calling upon Obama to use her influence to “[bring] back our American girls from a dangerous, hyper-sexualized culture that preys on their innocence and exploits them.”
Many leftist figures have either remained completely silent or even praised the shocking film, casting concerns about its portrayal of obviously underage girls in racy situations as a partisan issue to which they must take the opposite position of those on the right, no matter the consequences.