GATOS, CA- Netflix apparently decided that a good way to promote a new feature was to highlight the phrase, “Praise Satan.”
The streaming giant created an Instagram video post depicting glittery phrases from various Netflix shows. The video was a promotion for their new movie, “The Prom,” a “LGBTQ movie” in which:
“A group of down-on-their luck Broadway stars shake up a small Indiana town as they rally behind a teen who just wants to attend prom with her girlfriend.”
Sparkling, flashing phrases in the Netflix Instagram post included “Cobra Kai Never Dies,” from the Netflix series “Cobra Kai,” and “’Tis I,” from the Netflix movie “Enola Holmes.”
What raised eyebrows was a lengthy display of the phrase, “Praise Satan,” which reportedly is often repeated in the show, “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” Netflix’s dark take on “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.”
Twitter user @realHirsty captured a screenshot and a video replay, which can be seen below:
Cancel your Netflix subscription if you’re a Christian pic.twitter.com/PZxLMuUHPL
— Hirsty (@realHirsty) December 16, 2020
Social media erupted in protest.
Twitter user @mikenextupYT said:
“#Netflix you got some explaining to do I lost my respect for you. You cannot praise Satan what is wrong with you.
“You almost got canceled so many times but ima make sure you get canceled this time.”
#Netflix you got some explaining to do i lost my respect for you. You cannot praise Satan what is wrong with you. You almost got canceled so many times but ima make sure you get canceled this time. pic.twitter.com/NjoBSFiLlj
— youtube: mike next up (@mikenextupYT) December 16, 2020
“Canceled @netflix due to 2 anti Jesus movies portraying Jesus as being homosexual an a drunk. Netflix also posted on there Instagram this morning saying “Praise Satan” later they deleted the post.
Canceled @netflix due to 2 anti Jesus movies portraying Jesus as being homosexual an a drunk. Netflix also posted on there Instagram this morning saying "Praise Satan" later they deleted the post. Disgusting.
— Papi (@CynidePapi) December 16, 2020
Another Twitter user, @GeronimoFrost, wrote:
“First, it’s gay Jesus. Next it’s literal child porn. Now it’s “Praise Satan.”
“@netflix is truly evil”
— Stephen (@GeronimoFrost) December 16, 2020
The “child porn” reference is, of course, directed at the Netflix film “Cuties,” a sexually exploitative production which depicts young girls in provocative dance moves and poses.
As we previously reported, a Texas jury indicted Netflix for this movie over its lewd depictions, and the streaming service lost vast numbers of its subscribers in response to the film’s release.
As for the references to “gay” and “drunk” Jesus, well, it turns out that Netflix has two movies out with quite inaccurate depictions of the Son of God.
One, “The First Temptation of Christ,” is a 2019 film that Netflix describes as follows:
“Jesus, who’s hitting the big 3-0, brings a surprise guest to meet the family.
“A Christmas special so wrong, it must be from comedians Porta dos Fundos.”
As it turns out, the “surprise guest” is Jesus’ gay lover, a depiction which naturally caused social media users to question whether Netflix would dare depict Mohammed in the same way.
Netflix is releasing a comedy about a “gay Jesus” & the Left has been telling conservatives and Christians not to be so outraged about it
Ok fine, then let’s make a sequal about a gay Mohammed and see how that goes over with y’all.
— Ashley StClair ?? (@stclairashley) December 12, 2019
The other movie is “The Last Hangover,” a 2018 release. The description on the Netflix site reads:
“In this biblical ‘Hangover’ spoof, the apostles awaken to find Jesus is missing and must piece together events of the previous night’s wild Last Supper.”
The trailer depicts the Last Supper as a wild, drunken party.
TikTok users also have spoken out against Netflix for its streaming choices that openly run against Christian beliefs.
@christianclubh0use has received over 66,000 “likes” so far for his recent heartfelt message to Netflix.
In his video, he says:
“First you release a show or a movie that shows Jesus being gay and him being a drunkard, and now y’all are saying, ‘Praise Satan’?…
“The world is going to say there is nothing wrong with this… It’s just cool…”
“Satan is rebuilding himself through movies, through companies. He’s rebuilding himself through the rap industry. He’s literally everywhere now….
“The fact that Netflix thinks that they can just sit there and disrespect our King, disrespectful, bro, I don’t like that.”
@christianclubh0useDuet and share this ❤️ 2 Timothy 3:1-7 #fyp #foryou #christiantiktok #netflix #satan #God #JesusIsKing♬ Do it again instrumental by Elevation Worship – Luke mason
He goes on to say:
“You’re sitting here disrespecting our King, saying He was gay, y’all are saying he was a drunkard, and now y’all are saying y’all praise Satan, bro that’s too far.
“Netflix, it’s more than just comedy. It’s more than just a joke. Y’all are really getting Satanic. The world is getting Satanic. This world is full of evil, bro, and it’s really crazy.”
Netflix did bow to social pressure and remove their “Praise Satan” Instagram post, but at this writing, the movies “Cuties,” “The First Temptation of Christ,” and “The Last Hangover” continue to be available for streaming.
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Netflix indicted over sexually exploitive film ‘Cuties’: ‘Distribution of child porn’
November 26, 2020
TYLER COUNTY, TX- A Texas jury has indicted Netflix for promoting a film containing “lewd” material of children. The movie “Cuties” has garnered widespread backlash for including explicit clips of young girls dancing.
The French film initially came to the streaming service on September 9th and quickly received negative reviews. Sen. Ted Cruz is a member of the opposition and has called the film “sexual exploitation.”
In a letter to the US Attorney General Sen. Cruz claimed that the movie “sexualizes” minors:
“The video streaming service and content-producer Netflix is currently hosting a film entitled “Cuties” that sexualizes young girls, including through dance scenes that simulate sexual activities and a scene exposing a minor’s bare breast.”
Cruz went on to call for an investigation into Netflix and its executives for the distribution of child pornography:
“Although the First Amendment provides vigorous protection for artistic expression, it does not allow individuals or for-profit corporations to produce or distribute child pornography.”
Cruz was not alone in the crusade to hold Netflix accountable, and now a Texas grand jury is doing just that.
We all have a duty to protect the children under our care. When adults fail in that duty, young lives are harmed, predators are emboldened, and society itself is coarsened as a consequence.
No “art” or “social commentary” can justify such a moral outrage.https://t.co/8Pio3M0vO3
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) September 15, 2020
.@netflix child porn "Cuties" will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade. 1 in 4 victims of trafficking are children. It happened to my friend's 13 year old daughter. Netflix, you are now complicit. #CancelNetflix pic.twitter.com/GI8KFH7LFq
— Tulsi Gabbard ? (@TulsiGabbard) September 12, 2020
The indictment came on September 23 and was released to the public by Texas State Rep. Matt Schaefer who said:
“Netflix, Inc. indicted by grand jury in Tyler Co., Tx for promoting material in Cuties film which depicts lewd exhibition of pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 yrs of age which appeals to the prurient interest in sex.”
Netflix, Inc. indicted by grand jury in Tyler Co., Tx for promoting material in Cuties film which depicts lewd exhibition of pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 yrs of age which appeals to the prurient interest in sex #Cuties #txlege pic.twitter.com/UJ1hY8XJ2l
— Matt Schaefer (@RepMattSchaefer) October 6, 2020
The indictment alleges that the media corporation did:
“knowingly promote visual material which depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age at the time the visual material was created, which appeals to the prurient interest in sex, and has no serious, literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.”
The court document also alleges that employees of the company acted recklessly in their inclusion of the movie:
“The promotion of said film was authorized or recklessly tolerated by a high managerial agent of Netflix.”
Previously, Netflix has retracted and apologized for posts related to the film after using “inappropriate artwork” to promote it:
“We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties. It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description.”
We're deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties. It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description.
— Netflix (@netflix) August 20, 2020
But this time the streaming service is standing by the explicit content. In a statement to TMZ a Netflix Spokesperson argued that the movie is a “social commentary” rather than exploitation:
“’Cuties’ is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. This charge is without merit and we stand by the film.”
The stakes for the lawsuit are difficult to determine. Should Netflix be found guilty of the felony charges the company could face up to a mere $20,000 in fines. However, if the court concludes that Netflix profited from the movie they could be forced to pay fines up to twice the amount they earned.
A grand jury in Tyler County, population 21,000 in East Texas, indicted Netflix over promotion of the movie "Cuties."
The district attorney is the son of U.S. @RepBrianBabin, an outspoke opponent of the film. https://t.co/ZrSWPt3jFj
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) October 6, 2020
This case is unusual and in some ways unprecedented. If Netflix is found guilty of the charges it would set a large precedent for streaming services and movie production companies.
Watch the trailer for “Cuties” below: