Netflix faced serious backlash after releasing "Cuties." The French film features pre-pubescent girls being sexually exploited.
The New York data analytics firms Antenna and YipitData reported a sizable decline in subscriptions, with Antenna claiming that Netflix lost five times as many subscribers in the opening weeks of September than during the entire month of August, according to the New York Post.
YipitData said that September cancellations were eight times that of those in August, a statistic they deemed “a multi-year high.”
Netflix’s earnings and net subscriber additions fell short of analyst estimates last quarter, according to CNBC. Netflix Vice President of Investor Relations Spencer Wang urged shareholders not to put too much stock in the number of subscribers, saying, “We just really don’t over-focus on any 90-day period. And just to give you an example, if the quarter was 48 hours longer, we would have come in slightly above our guidance forecast.”
“The state of the pandemic and its impact continues to make projections very uncertain, but as the world hopefully recovers in 2021, we would expect that our growth will revert back to levels similar to pre-COVID,” the company wrote in a letter to shareholders.
“Cuties,” which Netflix has defended as “social commentary against the sexualization of young children,” drew outrage from viewers and even lawmakers on Capitol Hill, such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who urged the Department of Justice to get involved. Last month, 34 GOP legislators signed a letter urging Attorney General William Barr to prosecute Netflix for distributing child pornography.
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