Yes, you read that right.
Netflix, the web-based streaming giant, features a film that contains a scene featuring a 10-year-old in a blatantly sexual scenario, and they won’t even take it down.
Much worse, the director has defended the use of the highly suggestive scene in the film, explaining that the actress didn’t know what the scene was about.
Yeah, that’s not totally exploitative.
Here’s the deal:
Last week, reported that an Argentinian film, “Desire”, which has been streaming on Netflix, opens with a scene involving two little girls playing with pillows. The scene quickly takes a horrifying turn, which caused PJ Media’s Megan Fox to report Netflix to the authorities:
Viewers on Facebook have shared a clip of the movie and are calling it outright child porn. In the opening scene, two little girls who look to be about seven and nine are playing “horse” on pillows. The older girl begins to obviously masturbate as the younger child watches. The camera even takes this scene into a closeup of the child’s face in slow motion, moving up and down and panting like a porn star. The scene is graphic and includes an orgasm. The film is directed by Diego Kaplan.
I reported it to the FBI and the Department of Justice, who advised me to contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. NCMEC told me they have launched an investigation into the movie.
So, what did the director say? According to The Wrap, he had no problem with using a small girl in this disgusting way for the sake of his stupid little movie:
The director explained that the scene was filmed using a “trick” in which the girls were asked to mimic a John Wayne movie. The young actresses had no understanding of the scene’s context or implications, he said.
“No adult interacted with the girls, other than the child acting coach,” Kaplan said. “Everything was done under the careful surveillance of the girls’ mothers. Because I knew this scene might cause some controversy at some point, there is ‘Making Of’ footage of the filming of the entire scene.”
Fox gives us a very firm warning about the clips of the scene, as well as explains that while the scene contains no nudity, it most definitely is, by the letter of the law, child pornography:
The clip is making its way around Facebook, but anyone sharing it should be aware that it is a crime to circulate child porn, even if you are trying to get help for the child. Any further distribution revictimizes the child, and because of that, PJM will not share the video or photos from the movie that show the victims’ faces. The only thing the public can do is report it to the authorities.
Section 2256 of Title 18, United States Code, defines child pornography as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor (someone under 18 years of age). Visual depictions include photographs, videos, digital or computer generated images indistinguishable from an actual minor, and images created, adapted, or modified, but appear to depict an identifiable, actual minor. Undeveloped film, undeveloped videotape, and electronically stored data that can be converted into a visual image of child pornography are also deemed illegal visual depictions under federal law.
Notably, the legal definition of sexually explicit conduct does not require that an image depict a child engaging in sexual activity. A picture of a naked child may constitute illegal child pornography if it is sufficiently sexually suggestive. Additionally, the age of consent for sexual activity in a given state is irrelevant; any depiction of a minor under 18 years of age engaging in sexually explicit conduct is illegal.
So if you see this clip shared on social media, do not share!! We appreciate that it can bring attention to this awful story, but please share this or the original PJ Media article instead to avoid any potential problems.
Fox says that Netflix has, so far, not responded to requests for comments, but also notes this is not surprising considering they’re the outlet that brought us the disgusting series Big Mouth, which contained animated child pornography. Come to think of it, it seems as though that series falls under the DOJ definition of child pornography as well!
OK, time to rally the troops: we cannot let this disgusting trend of child exploitation be normalized in our country!!! There may be a heck of a lot of adults out there who think it’s just fine, but we know just how quickly our society will go downhill if we stop pushing back against the systematic corruption of children.
DEMAND that Netflix remove this film. CANCEL your subscription (PureFlix is a fantastic alternative for Christian families!). And STAY VIGILANT: if you see any other instances of child exploitation, you can contact National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) at www.cybertipline.com or call 1-800-843-5678.
Look alive, folks!! This is a spiritual battle, and we need boots on the ground to protect the innocence of our children!!