The French film has been blasted for “sexualising girls” and a petition to have it removed from Netflix has fetched 20,000 signatures in one day.
The movie explores the world of Amy, an 11-year-old girl raised in a traditional Senegalese Muslim household who had a dream to join a group of dancers named “the cuties” at school.
The movie which premiered at the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section of the Sundance Film Festival this year, pulls internet culture into the spotlight and focuses on the hyper-sexualisation of girls.
In the American promotional poster for the Netflix release, Amy and her “Cuties” are seen wearing incredibly short and tight shorts and crop tops and posing in mature positions that have been deemed sexual.
In comparison, the French poster shows the four lead girls laughing and dancing as they hold shopping bags. The girls are wearing bras over their clothes, but the vibe feels more playful.
Netflix has since issued an apology to the public via Twitter: