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Neither Barack and Michelle Obama nor their former National Security Adviser Susan Rice have weighed in on the firestorm surrounding Cuties, a French coming-of-age drama that is the subject of widespread criticism for its blatant sexualization of pre-pubescent children.

Both the Obamas and Rice are closely connected to the company, with the former president and first lady currently in the middle of a “multi-year agreement” signed back in May 2018 to help produce films and series for the platform. Rice, meanwhile, was appointed to the Netflix board that same year.

Cuties, which was released on Netflix Wednesday, is a French comedy-drama whose protagonist is an 11-year-old Senagalese Muslim girl from a traditional, yet dysfunctional family who joins a dance group known as Mignonnes, also the French name of the film.

Unlike a normal dance group for girls her age, the children’s activity involves highly provocative and sexualized dancing, with twerking (a style predicated on shaking one’s buttocks up and down) at the center of their performances.

The film has provoked outrage among the wider population, with its YouTube trailer attracting an incredible 1.6 million dislikes compared to just 39,000 thumbs up. Meanwhile, around 600,000 people have signed a petition pledging to cancel their Netflix subscription because of the film, while the hashtag #CancelNetflix trended on Twitter on Thursday.

“As I have been researching content that exploits children and creates a disturbing vibe, I have found many shows and movies on Netflix to have similar inappropriate behaviors as Cuties, the movie this petition was originally based off,” the latest petition states. “From cuties to Big Mouth to other movies mocking religions and exploiting children Netflix is no longer the family-friendly streaming service I once believed it to be!”

Netflix has so far refused to condemn any aspect of the film’s content. However, they did issue an apology last month for a promotional image that showed girls posing in skimpy outfits.

In his review of the film, Breitbart film critic John Nolte described Cuties as both “dull and indefensible.”

“Hey, if we’re going to protect Barack Obama and Susan Rice, what we’re supposed to say is that Cuties is a damning indictment of the sexualization of children,” he noted. What we are not supposed to say is that the children in Cuties are sexualized to stick it to The Man.”

Author: Ben Kew

Source: Breitbart: Obamas, Netflix Board Member Susan Rice Silent Amid ‘Cuties’ Firestorm

Filmmaker and left-wing activist Rob Reiner has declared that all supporters of President Donald Trump are racist, claiming that Trump has made it “abundantly clear” his re-election [campaign] is based on white nationalism.

Posting on his Twitter feed, which is almost entirely dedicated to attacking Trump and the current administration, Reiner explained that voting for Trump means there is no distinction between “being a racist and a racist enabler. ”

“The President of the United States is a racist. He’s made it abundantly clear his re-election is based on white nationalism,” Reiner said. “If you support him, there can be no distinction between you being a racist and a racist enabler. They are the same.”

The 72-year-old director went on to claim Trump’s mind was “infested” with lies and bigotry.

“Donald Trump’s mind is infested,” the A Few Good Men director wrote. “With racism, with misogyny, with lies, with bigotry, with hate.”

It is not the first time that Reiner has attacked Trump’s millions of supporters as racist. In March, he argued that those involved in his “insidious cult” were condoning “white supremacy.”

“The President of the United States is a racist. He supports and promotes white supremacy & white nationalism,” he wrote at the time. “If you are part of this insidious cult, you condone that. Period.”

Last year, the Stand By Me director also declared that Trump’s supporters were “frightened to death over the browning of America” in response to his administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

“What we’re doing in the United States of America is inhuman,” he told MSNBC. “[Trump] launched his campaign basically saying, ‘Mexicans are rapists and murderers.’ That’s what he is still selling. It’s the only thing he can sell to that racist base of his. The people who support him are frightened to death of the browning of America.”

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Author: Ben Kew

Source: Breitbart: Rob Reiner Says All Trump Supporters are Racist

The AfroFuture music festival in Detroit is charging white people double the price for a ticket compared with people of color, in a move they claim will ensure marginalized groups are given “equitable chance at enjoying events in their own community.”

The festival, scheduled to take place August 3rd, offers different pricing structures depending on whether the attendee is white or a “person of color.” For white people, or “non-persons of color,” early bird tickets cost $10, compared with $20 for people of color. For those purchasing tickets closer to the event, white people will pay $40, compared with $20 for people of color.

The organizers of the event explain the reasons behind their discriminatory system in the “Frequently Asked Questions” section of their website, although it is still unclear how they intend to validate the race and identity of ticket purchasers.

“Why do we have POC (people of color) and NONPOC (white people) tickets?” the page reads. “I’m glad you asked! Equality means treating everyone the same. Equity is insuring (sic) everyone has what they need to be successful. Our ticket structure was built to insure (sic) that the most marginalized communities (people of color) are provided with an equitable chance at enjoying events in their own community (black Detroit).”

One artist, a mixed race rapper named Tiny Jag, has already pulled out of the event in protest and has demanded her name be removed from all their promotional material.

“I was immediately enraged just because I am biracial. I have family members that would have, under those circumstances, been subjected to something that I would not ever want them to be in … especially not because of anything that I have going on,” she told the Detroit Metro Times.

“It’s non-progressive and it’s not solution-focused in my eyes,” Jag continued. “It seems almost like it has spite, and unfortunately with spite comes hate, and that’s just not obviously going to be a good direction for us to go if we’re looking for positive change.”

There are also questions over the legality of such a pricing system, with critics pointing to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Title II which states: “All persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, and privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, as defined in this section, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.”

The act goes on to define places of public accommodation as including “any motion picture house, theater, concert hall, sports arena, stadium or other place of exhibition or entertainment.”

It is not the first time that such entertainment venues have offered race-based pricing structures. In 2016, the Cinder Block Comedy Festival in New York offered women, people of color, and people who identify as LGBT discounted tickets for the event, while straight white men were asked to pay the full price.

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Author: Ben Kew

Source: Breitbart: AfroFuture Music Festival Charges White People Double the Ticket Price

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