Netflix wants to defend Cuties as a work of art while at the same time conceding to the detractors of the film that children being "sexualized" is bad.
There is a huge problem with this. You can't argue that children dancing sexually is bad while also defending a film that does what you claim is bad. Whether or not it is done for art or for fun really doesn't make any difference. If you're asking a child to twerk what difference would it make to the child if done for the sake of art or because you enjoyed watching it? How would the latter make it any less "harmful" to the child?
The only way you can argue for the film without sounding like a giant hypocrite is to not concede the point that children dancing sexually is exploitative.
The detractors of the film entire argument seems to be that you can't abuse children to show that abusing children is bad. And you know what? They are right. But only if you concede that this is abuse. And that's what Netflix is doing. They are conceding the only point that defeats them.
I would argue that children dancing sexually is not harmful and is not exploitative if the child is doing what they enjoy. In fact I would argue that a child who is able to dance like that in front of the entire world is a sign of positive mental health. It takes a lot of confidence and a lot of self esteem to be able to do what these girls did in the film.
If someone had asked me as a child to dance and twerk in front of an entire audience (or hell even just one person) I would not want to do it. Not because dancing sexy is bad or shameful but because I didn't have that kind of confidence as a kid. I was an introverted child with very low self esteem. These girls in this film are the opposite of that. They are full of confidence and talent. They are powerful and beautiful. I only wish I had their confidence at that age.