Why 'Cancel Netflix' is trending - 2020-09-11
Groups of conservative provocateurs, QAnon supporters, and others on social media have jumped on the release of the French coming-of-age film Cuties and a trending "Cancel Netflix" hashtag to associate the company with pedophilia.
This isn't the first time that people have tried to cancel Netflix. Republicans tried it in 2018 following Netflix's confirmation that it had signed a multiyear deal with Barack and Michelle Obama to produce a series of titles. Earlier this year, people threatened to cancel Netflix over 365 Days, a movie that petitioners argued glorified sexual violence against women. And, at the same time that people are calling for others to cancel Netflix over Cuties, there's a petition from fans of shows like Jessica Jones, The OA, and Anne with an E, hosting a "cancel Netflix" campaign to try to bring attention to their favorite series that have been canceled.
But while some of those cancel campaigns are pretty direct — Republicans don't like the Obamas, Jessica Jones fans just want more Jessica Jones — the Cuties situation gets very complicated very quickly. It moves from people being upset about the way young girls were positioned on a poster in a marketing campaign to QAnon supporters using this as proof that their dangerous conspiracy theories are real.