Netflix Slammed For Showing 9-Year-Old's Masturbating On-Screen

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Netflix was recently slammed for showing 9-year-old's masturbating on-screen.

Written By Radhika Sarkar | Mumbai | Updated On:
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The video streaming giant, Netflix was recently slammed for airing a show 'Desire' which is a recent addition, as it showed underage girls of nine years masturbating on-screen. After the particular episode was aired, a group of parents slammed Netflix for showcasing child pornography and petitioned them to remove the film from the platform. A letter was written by the Parents group, also called the Parents Television Council, stating that the Argentinian film showcases the nine-year-old girl involving in sexual activity on-screen. The President of the group, Timothy.F.Winter in her letter to Reed Hastings, CEO of the video streaming giant asking if Netflix as a brand stands up for the distribution of child pornography, she further goes on to state that the answer is either a yes or a no, and that there is no other choice here. The group further accused the video streaming giant of placing their need for profits, before any sense of corporate social responsibility, and disregarding the parent's viewpoint before airing the show.

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The letter also added the recent #MeToo campaign saying that many actors of the Hollywood Industry are standing up against casting couch and sexual harassment, and in another scene, one of the best video streaming giants is engaging in such a disreputable behavior. Although after the whole incident, the director of the movie, Diego Kaplan defended the entire scene by comparing it with a fictitious scene of a shark eating a  woman, where people do not take it seriously and don't think that the woman was actually harmed during the scene. Playing fiction as a card, he stated that the scene was an art of fiction where the girls were just copying what they were told to from a big screen, and all their mothers were present during the scene for additional guidance. He further goes on to say that the girls had no particular idea of what they were doing. The only comment till now has been through the director of the movie, and Netflix is yet to comment about it. 

Netflix is the most popular household name and has a wide range of consumer base. Having such a questionable content can really affect the consumer base, as people from different ages are on it, as it is one of the biggest video streaming giants, and has a wide range of TV shows, cartoons, and movies. Earlier, Netflix also announced that they will be collaborating with various directors in India in order to create original content. This was after the huge success of the Saif Ali Khan starrer 'Sacred Games'. 

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