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Well, this is certainly a first. Global Road Entertainment will be making changes to the theatrical cut of their family friendly comedy Show Dogs after the National Center on Sexual Exploitation accused the movie of inadvertently “grooming” kids for sexual abuse. Yes, we’re still talking about the movie featuring talking dogs infiltrating a dog show to save a kidnapped baby panda.
Find out more about this Show Dogs sexual abuse controversy.
Origin - Complaints - Scenes - Question - Complaints
First, let’s explain the origin of these complaints. There are two scenes in question that brought about complaints from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, and they both involve the undercover police dog Max (voiced by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges). In these scenes, Max must have his genitals inspected as part of the dog show, and the way he’s told to deal with this situation, which is meant to be played for laughs, is what caused the uproar. Here’s the statement from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation:
“The movie Show Dogs sends a troubling message that grooms children for sexual abuse. It contains multiple scenes where a dog character must have its private parts inspected, in the course of which the dog is uncomfortable and wants to stop but is told to go to a ‘zen place.’ The dog is rewarded with advancing to the final round of the dog show after passing this barrier. Disturbingly, these are similar tactics child abusers use when grooming children—telling them to pretend they are somewhere else, and that they will get a reward for withstanding their discomfort. Children’s movies must be held to a higher standard, and must teach children bodily autonomy, the ability to say ‘no’ and safety, not confusing messages endorsing unwanted genital touching.”
Response - Complaints - Blogs - Outlets - Global
In response to the complaints, which spread to various family-driven blogs and outlets, Global Road Entertainment first responded to the...
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