Last week, the hashtags #CancelNetflix and #Pedoflix were the most talked about subjects on Twitter . Several users of the social network used the platform to demonstrate indignation to the movie Lindinhas , which recently arrived in the streaming service catalog and was denounced for sexualizing children as young as 11 years old.
Platform subscribers were no longer happy with the film even before its release. Lindinhas had been shown at the Sundance Festival this year and pleased much of the audience, which made Netflix interested and acquire the rights to the film to distribute it worldwide. Therefore, the company released another promotional poster for the film, which was accused of sexualizing children in the image. After criticism, the material was taken down, but the situation worsened after the title arrived on the platform.
The plot revolves around Amy, an 11-year-old girl, who “begins to rebel against her family’s conservative traditions when she becomes fascinated by a free-spirited dance class,” says the official synopsis.
Criticism of Netflix varies between the film being age-rated for users over 16, as well as the term “sexual content” in the title keywords in the catalog. To make matters worse, there is a scene in which a dancer (older) shows her breast in a clip that 11-year-old girls watch on their cell phones.
In addition to the hashtags in the trending topics, a petition was created on Change.org asking people to unsubscribe from Netflix.
After the release of the first poster, Maïmouna Doucouré revealed to foreign media that he even received death threats due to the film. The filmmaker assumes the direction and script for Lindinhas . “I received numerous attacks from people who had not seen the film, who thought I was actually doing something that normalized the sexualization of children,” he said in an interview with Deadline.
What Netflix says
After launching the title on the platform last Wednesday (9) and the various comments and requests for boycotts on social media, Netflix issued a statement to Variety asking people to watch the movie. “Lindinhas is a social comment against the sexualization of children,” said a spokesman for the American magazine. “It’s an award-winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young women face on social media and society in general – and we encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the film.”
In a content published on the film’s official streaming page, director Maïmouna Doucouré says that the film was a personal project and that the inspiration for creating Amy, the main character, came from her own experiences. “Our girls see that the more a woman is sexualized on social media, the more successful she is.”