Netflix is under fire again for inappropriate and “obscenely unnecessary” sexual content in one of its newest dramas.
The streaming and production company is catching heat from viewers who feel the new young adult drama, “Tiny Pretty Things,” is distracting them from the mysterious storyline by interrupting with frequent “unnecessary nudity” and sex scenes involving teenagers.
The dramatic thriller follows the events at the elite Archer School Of Ballet where a ballerina named Neveah, played by Kylie Jefferson, has landed a coveted spot at the Chicago-based school. But the “misstep” of another dancer who allegedly slipped from the school’s roof and lies in a coma provides the foundation for the mystery as an investigation is underway to determine if there was any foul play involved.
The series, based on the young adult novel of the same name by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra, was not winning over any critics like Joel Keller at Decider who recommended viewers “skip it.”
And while Decider lamented the show’s “soapiness” as well as the “cliched characters and the clunky dialogue,” it was the gratuitous sex scenes that seemed to really annoy viewers.
i wanted to see dancing in tiny pretty things & i get sex scenes every episode
— liese (@nymphdiaries) December 14, 2020
y is thr a sex scene in tiny pretty things like every 5 minutes 😭😭😭
— anna ^____^ (@coconutl0vee) December 15, 2020
“Affairs, sex, profoundly inappropriate relations between staff and underage students, more sex, a complex trafficking ring, and, dear god, a preponderance of sex,” AV Club’s Shannon Miller wrote.
“Interspersed dance scenes offer small moments of reprieve and a chance for the cast of trained performers to showcase their skills, but Michael MacLennan’s series seems to prioritize sex appeal above all else, including strong character development, authentic emotion, and a cohesive execution of multiple plot lines,” Miller added.
Netflix saw a surge in membership cancellations in September following the release of the controversial film, “Cuties.” The depictions of little girls and in suggestive clothing and scenes sparked a wave of angry backlash that even prompted U.S. lawmakers to call for action by the Department of Justice.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 7, 2020
“The amount of sex scenes in Tiny Pretty Things is obscenely unnecessary,” one viewer complained about the series.
The amount of sex scenes in tiny pretty things is obscenely unnecessary
— ashley (@asshleyko) December 15, 2020
“Why are there explicit sex scenes of the main characters? Aren’t they supposed to be teenagers?” another asked.
Watching Tiny Pretty Things on Netflix as a study break and some of the scenes make me uncomfortable as a twenty-something year old. Why are there explicit sex scenes of the main characters? Aren’t they supposed to be teenagers? Am I the only one that thinks this?
— Avid tea drinker (@wandering_human) December 14, 2020
Many slammed the use of excessive sex scenes as a way to cover up for the lack of engaging content.
tiny pretty things added so many ass shots and sex scenes to compensate for the lack of a consistent good plot
— aroa (@covisnky) December 14, 2020
Many just found the many nude shots and sexually related scenes to be unnecessary – and distracting – to the storyline.
watching tiny pretty things…the way american media does sex scenes is awful..why do we have to see so much of supposedly teenagers (re:minors) having sex???
— 𝘺𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘥𝘶𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘵 (@lamerdior) December 14, 2020
Tiny Pretty Things by @Netflix had so much potential for a story about a Black woman striving to succeed in a white, privileged sport. But instead it’s just a show about sex. Why is Netflix so obsessed with sexualizing minors and pushing student-teacher affairs.
— 🦢 (@oneinemmalion) December 15, 2020
i just started Tiny Pretty Things and im wondering why I have watch these people have sex pic.twitter.com/U4jL2HIRFi
— Vin ❄ (@Vindacat) December 15, 2020
Netflix seems to have taken a content nosedive since they brought the Obamas on board. 😕
— Andrea Edwards (@AndreaE456) December 15, 2020
what’s the obsession with making teen shows with a bunch of nudity and sex? i am looking at you tiny pretty things, it’s creepy
— s. e. (@sapphirmoon) December 14, 2020
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