Netflix is seriously under fire for hosting the movie, Cuties. Thousands of people are vowing to cancel their subscriptions as a result of the film.

But now, Netflix have spoken out and they've defended their decision to show the film.

Keep scrolling to see what they've said...

There is absolutely no denying that young girls and women are overly sexualized in the media.

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The likes of social media and giant streaming platforms seem to encourage this sexualization of children and young girls and the problem just seems to be growing day by day.

Even though there is awareness surrounding this problem...

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Huge influential platforms continue to exploit young girls' images in order to make money and success.

It's extremely worrying...

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And the fact that social media is such a huge influence in the lives of young people is even more unsettling.

But for once, it isn't a social media app facing the heat for encouraging this problem...

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It's now actually the streaming giant, Netflix.

Netflix recently announced the release of an original movie called Cuties.

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The movie, which dropped on the 9th of September, is a French comedy-drama follows the story of eleven-year-old Amy who is from a Senegalese Muslim family.

When Amy joins a twerking competition at school, her traditional family is left outraged...

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Which spurs on the young girl to join a dance club called "Cuties".

The trailer, which dropped earlier this week, gives a sneak-peek into young Amy attempting to embrace her "burgeoning feminity."

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Viewers see her bonding with her new dance mates and throwing some very provocative dance moves... many of which aren't at all suitable for an eleven-year-old child.

What on Earth is happening here?!

I'm sorry, but eleven-year-old girls should not be dancing like that. Period.

The trailer even shows Amy attempting to straighten her afro hair with an iron...

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Which we're sadly assuming is an attempt to try and look like her white friends who have long, poker-straight hair.

The whole thing is all very weird...

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And it's a rather uncomfortable watch, I must say.

People are not happy...

At all.

And here in the U.S...

Cuties has been labeled as an "eighteen", meaning that it is only suitable for adults. What the...?

Well, it turns out that I'm not the only one feeling uncomfortable with the way in which these girls are behaving and dancing...

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Because parents have been slamming Netflix for the release of the movie, branding it as "disgusting."

People think that the message that Cuties is giving is "disgusting."

Whose idea was it to cast eleven-year-old girls for such grown-up roles?

I wonder how the actresses themselves feel about the controversy...

Where they even aware of it?

We need to remember that these girls are children.

Why are they dressed like fully grown women?!

People are also offended by the ideology of the movie...

A young Muslim girl being enticed by the lifestyle of white girls and wanting to leave her old life behind? Okay then.

A petition was soon started to remove Cuties from Netflix before it's release date.

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The page reads: "This movie/show is disgusting as it sexualizes an ELEVEN-year-old for the viewing pleasure of pedophiles and also negatively influences our children! There is no need for this kind of content in that age group, especially when sex trafficking and pedophilia are so rampant! There is no excuse, this is dangerous content!"

More than 400,000 signatures have so far been gathered...

Meaning that people are deadly serious about this.

The movie's director, Maïmouna Doucouré, has even been called out.

Doucouré is a thirty-five-year-old woman and parents are finding it so problematic that she has put forward this twisted concept of underage children.

You can check out the trailer for yourselves here...

Now Netflix have spoken out, defending their decision to host the show.

In their defense, Netflix said:

Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualisation of young children.
It's an award-winning film and 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.

But that's stopping people threatening to cancel their subscriptions.

One person made an interesting point, writing:
Making a movie that actually exposes and criticizes the sexual exploitation of children is a great idea. But there is obviously no reason why that movie must include crotch shots of barely clothes 11-year-olds. This should not need to be explained. #CancelNetflix