A new kids movie, “Show Dogs,” has been pulled from theaters and will be re-edited after parents across the country revolted over a scene that has been interpreted as "pedophile grooming" messaging.
The outrage hit the internet when mommy blogger Terina Maldonado warned parents about the movie and urged, “don’t let your children be groomed.”
"Show Dogs" stars actor Will Arnett, an FBI agent named Frank who partners with a dog named Max, who is voiced by rapper Ludacris. While much of the movie centers around the characters trying to rescue a kidnapped panda, one part of the movie involves Max learning to cope with a judge touching his genitals during a dog show.
In the movie, the dog character, Max, is forced to decide whether or not to let his private parts be touched as part of the competition. What happens next is disturbing.
“Since the inspection of the private parts will happen in the finals, Frank touches Max’s private parts to get him use to it. Of course, Max doesn’t like it and snaps at Frank for him to stop,” Maldonado writes. "Max is then told by the former champion, who has been through the process before, that he needs to go to his ‘zen place’ while it happens so he can get through it.”
When the day of the competition finals, Max has to decide whether he will lose the competition or let his private parts be touched. As the judge’s hands reach for his privates, Max goes to his “zen place” and lets it happen.
Credit: "Show Dogs"
Needless to say, parents are furious.
The film has since been pulled from theaters and will be re-edited. The writer behind the film told CNN he was not responsible for the final draft and condemned “non-consensual touching.”
"I absolutely condemn any suggestion or act of non-consensual touching in any form, as well as disassociation as a coping mechanism for abuse of any kind. I understand and empathize with the parents’ and groups’ concerns regarding the message the movie may impart,” he said in a statement.
Maldonado summed up her feelings about the movie like this:
"Let's take this as an opportunity to build abuse resistant children because they will be smarter than predators, and Hollywood's tricks!"