A film that depicts two young girls “masturbating to the point of orgasm,” is being asked by a parents group to be removed from the video streaming service Netflix. Some Netflix users have said described the film itself as being nothing short of soft core pornography disguised as “art.”
The Parents Television Council is calling for Netflix to remove a film called Desire for what they believe depicts child pornography. The scene involves a young girl pretending to ride a horse like the cowboys she is watching on TV, using her pillow as the horse. She goes onto “accidentally” bring herself to orgasm while the camera zooms in for a close up of her face and captures audio that is comparable to an adult porn film.
President of the Parents Television Council , Timothy F. Winter, in an open letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said, “On behalf of the 1.4 million Americans who have joined with the PTC in its vision for a safe and sound entertainment media landscape for children and families, I urgently call on you immediately to remove child-porn content like Desire and Big Mouth,” Winter began, “And to adopt content guidelines and controls that reflect the needs of concerned families.”
“I respectfully, but pointedly, ask you: Does the Netflix brand stand for the distribution of nine year old girls masturbating? The answer is yes or no; there is no other choice here.”
Winter goes on to describe the scene that shows two young girls “watching a western on television and are pretending their pillows are horses.” Winter continues, “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.”
Director of the Argentinian film, Diego Kaplan, defended the scene in a statement to Indiewire saying, “We work in a world of fiction; and, for me, before being a director comes being a father.” The filmmaker goes on to explain that neither child actor was never exploited in any way and that he mother of the older girl was on set at all times. “Of course this scene was filmed using a trick, which was that the girls were copying a cowboy scene from a film by John Ford. The girls never understood what they were doing, they were just copying what they were seeing on the screen. No adult interacted with the girls, other than the child acting coach. 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. Everything works inside the spectators’ heads, and how you think this scene was filmed will depend on your level of depravity.”
The parents group accused Netflix of “showing a reckless disregard for the millions of families that keep your streaming platform alive and viable, and callously placing profits ahead of any sense of corporate responsibility, to potentially engaging in criminal activity.”
In June, writer Megan Fox with PJ Media reported Desire to the Department of Justice, and the FBI, as well as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children which did launch an investigation.
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