Director of 'Desire' on Netflix responds to critics who claim its opening scene is 'child pornography'

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Energía Entusiasta (Argentina)

  • An Argentinian film streaming on Netflix in the US, called "Desire," is facing online backlash.
  • Critics argue the film depicts "child pornography" because a young girl accidentally experiences an orgasm.
  • The film's director recently issued a statement defending it.
  • A conservative writer claimed she reported Netflix to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.


An Argentinian film currently streaming on Netflix in the US, called "Desire," is facing backlash for its opening scene, which shows a young girl accidentally experiencing an orgasm. Critics claim the scene is "child pornography" and one conservative writer said she reported the movie to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

The scene in question shows the young girl jumping up and down on a pillow, playfully riding it like a horse, when she begins to orgasm. The scene is in slow-motion and closes in on the girl's face as she breathes heavily, which has offended those who took to social media to voice their concerns. 

Writer Megan Fox claimed in a story for conservative website PJ Media that she contacted NCMEC. Netflix did not immediately return a request for comment. 

The film's director, Diego Kaplan, issued a statement to Indiewire in regards to the controversy. The full statement is below:

"'Desire' is a film. When we see a shark eating a woman on film, no one thinks the woman really died or that the shark was real. We work in a world of fiction; and, for me, before being a director comes being a father.

Of course this scene was filmed using a trick, which was that the girls were copying a cowboy scene from a film by John Ford. The girls never understood what they were doing, they were just copying what they were seeing on the screen. No adult interacted with the girls, other than the child acting coach. Everything was done under the careful surveillance of the girls' mothers. Because I knew this scene might cause some controversy at some point, there is 'Making Of' footage of the filming of the entire scene.

Everything works inside the spectators' heads, and how you think this scene was filmed will depend on your level of depravity."

Netflix has faced conservative backlash over a number of controversies this year. Users threatened to cancel subscriptions when Netflix appointed former UN Ambassador Susan Rice to its Board of Directors, and when the Obamas signed a producing deal with the streaming service. It has also recently faced conservative criticism over an upcoming animated superhero drag queen show called "Super Drags," which has a petition against it to stop the show from being released.