Imagine being a cable news host and interviewing the CEO of a streaming services company that had recently ignited a controversy so explosive that the cancelation rate for the service increased eightfold.
Would you completely ignore this headline-grabbing controversy? No host, anchor, or journalist worth their salt would miss the opportunity to ask about such controversy during such an interview.
So I guess that tells us everything we need to know about CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter, who failed to ask Netflix CEO Reed Hastings about the film “Cuties,” which has been compared to “kiddie porn” during a recent interview.
For the second time in less than a week, CNN has ignored the firestorm over the movie Cuties while interviewing Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings.
Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter failed to bring up Cuties during his Sunday chat with Hastings, which aired just three days after CNN Newsroom host Poppy Harlow spoke to Hastings and also neglected to mention the controversy over the kiddie twerking movie.
On Sunday, Stelter aired an interview with Hastings about his new book, No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention. The conversation touched on the coronavirus pandemic and how Netflix is equipped to deal with the recent shutdown in film and TV production. “We’re very fortunate that we produce all over the world,” Hastings said.
The interview also addressed growing streaming competition. “HBO and Disney will be around,” Hastings said. “We’ll see what happens with the others.”
When he was called out by Twitter users for this glaring oversight, Stelter pathetically explained that the interview had been taped previously.
The interview was taped several days ago.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 13, 2020
“Several” is rather vague, and this seems a poor excuse.
The controversy surrounding the film has been well-known since last month when Netflix was forced to apologize for the film poster, although they were happy to move forward with the release of the film
Stelter’s tweet was written on September 13th, but very loud buzz was generated ahead of the film’s September 9th release.
“Several” days prior to September 13th would have been amid the height of outrage over the film’s vulgar portrayal of a tween twerking team, which shows 11-year-old girls mimicking masturbation, sex acts, and even showing a bare breast in once scene.
The film is so vulgar that Netflix’s own warning calls some of the content “legally defined as pedophilia,” which it very much is. Stelter would have had ample opportunity to find this out “several” days before September 13th.
“Reliable sources” my foot. This guy is a propagandist covering for those profiting from pedophilia.
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