Columnist calls out Michelle Obama for silence on ‘Cuties’ controversy

Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy charges in a new op-ed that former First Lady Michelle Obama’s silence shows she’s “complicit in” Netflix’s controversial new film Cuties.

According to Fox News, Campos-Duffy wrote in a Monday op-ed for The Federalist that Obama and her husband have failed to use their position at Netflix to shut down Cuties, a French movie that has garnered widespread criticism online for what Campos-Duffy describes as “hyper-sexualized depictions of 11-year-old girls.”

With co-author Evita Duffy, Campos-Duffy contended:

At a time the left has declared that “silence is violence,” Michelle Obama’s silence on Netflix’s controversial movie Cuties as not gone unnoticed. It is also undermining her brand as “America’s mom” and chief defender of female empowerment across the globe.

Where’s Michelle?

The Obamas signed a $50 million deal with Netflix in 2018 “to produce content for the popular subscription streaming service that would ‘promote greater empathy and understanding,'” Campos-Duffy reported.

While it is unlikely that the Obamas had any say in the production of Cuties, their influence is still very powerful — and Campos-Duffy isn’t letting them off the hook.

“No one should doubt the considerable power former first lady Michelle Obama wields within Netflix or the unrivaled cultural influence she has to speak out in defense of preserving girlhood and innocence,” she wrote Monday.

Indeed, Barack and Michelle Obama are not just any contractors working for Netflix; they are Netflix’s most high-profile associates. And they have friends in high places.

“With close friends like Ambassador Susan Rice on the Netflix board of directors, it is not unreasonable to assume that Michelle could have stopped Cuties from airing, scolding executives for duping her when she joined the Netflix family and proudly declared it ‘a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share,'” Campos-Duffy wrote Monday.

The silence is deafening

She went on: “At the very least, [Obama] could have expressed public outrage over the film’s hyper-sexualized depictions of 11-year-old girls or even Netflix’s original promotional art for the film, for which they eventually apologized.”

Even Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has jumped into the fray to call out Dems on their complicity. According to Fox News, the Texas Republican has “called for an investigation” by the Justice Department into the film.

On Monday, he echoed Campos-Duffy’s sentiments in calling out the former president himself.

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