"Cuties" ('Mignonnes') which received a director's award at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, tells the story of Amy, an 11-year-old Parisian, who must juggle the strict rules of her Senegalese family and social media's emphasis on appearance.
Speaking with Variety, a spokesperson for Netflix attempted to clear up the overall controversy that even managed to make #CancelNetflix one of Twitter's top trending topics shortly after the film was released.
The Netflix controversy was sparked by its September 9 streaming debut of a French film, "Mignonnes", or "Cuties".
Promotional posters for Cuties released by Netflix (left) and for its original French theatrical release (right).
It tweeted: "We're deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties".
However on Thursday, wider opposition to a number of the vision came from across the political spectrum from the USA.
"There is an 18+ rating and this movie is centred on a child and this child is 11-year-old Amy".
The film, whose title translates as Cuties in English, centres on an 11-year-old Senegalese girl who finds herself caught between her Muslim family's traditional values and internet culture.
According to the conservative American advocacy group the Parents Television Council, which said it reviewed the film, Cuties is objectionable because of its overt sexualisation of the child characters.
"The hypersexualization of girls (and boys) is disgusting", tweeted Omar Navarro, a Republican politician. "It's morally and ethically reprehensible". We have no time for niceties while children are being sexualized for mass entertainment'.
Avengers and Creed star Tessa Thompson has spoken out in defence of the film, which she insists is "beautiful".
She may not have shown any clips and screenshots, but to hear every detailed description of these scenes and hearing how discussed and uncomfortable Anna was feeling radiated with me as I was listening. It introduces a fresh voice at the helm.
The film was directed by Maïmouna Doucouré and was released on Wednesday earlier this week. Disappointed to see how it was positioned in terms of marketing. "I understand this video is upsetting and depicts little girls in a gruesome light".
Lee wrote. "However, the film's sexualization of young girls-if not itself the sexual exploitation of the child actors-will certainly contribute to child sexual exploitation by others".