Parents everywhere are rejoicing after the children’s film “Show Dogs” was pulled from theaters so that it can be re-edited after parents absolutely freaked out over what seemed like blatant pedophile messaging.
The movie, starring Will Arnett and Ludicris, was called out by Terina Maldonado, who reviewed the film for the Macaroni Kid website:
“The premise is great for a kids movie. Max is a talking police dog (voiced by Ludacris) who is paired up with a human partner, Frank (Will Arnett) to infiltrate a prestigious dog show and rescue a kidnapped baby panda. Being a tough dog from New York, Max has no business competing in a dog show but uses his street smarts to outperform the competition to get closer to the inner circle of kidnappers. Along the way, Max learns lessons about trust and the need to accept help from others. The usual hilarity ensues with dog farts, bites on the rear-end, and slap-stick bonks to the head which elicit giggles from the audience. “
It’s when Max the police dog has to go undercover as a show dog, things get bad. He has to have his private parts inspected to “pass” as a show dog. Maldonado writes:
“What could have been solely a fun movie for kids that would get my highest recommendation is damaged by a dark and disturbing message hidden, not so subtly between the fluffy dogs and glamorous parties of the show dog lifestyle. As part of any dog show, contestants are judged on their abilities and physical attributes. One part, in particular, is the inspection of the dog’s private parts.”
His partner Frank tells him to accept this process, but that’s when things get really really dark and unacceptable. Maldonado explains:
“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. 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. More attempts are made by Frank to touch Max’s private parts, but Max is still having trouble letting it happen and keeps snapping at him.”
I am so glad I haven’t taken my kids to see this! Here’s the climactic scene of the movie — so spoiler alert:
The day of the finals come and if Max doesn’t let his private parts be touched, he may lose the competition and any hope of finding the kidnapped panda. It all rests on his ability to let someone touch his private parts. The judge’s hands slowly reach behind Max and he goes to his “zen place”. He’s flying through the sky, dancing with his partner, there are fireworks and flowers-everything is great-all while someone is touching his private parts.
The Daily Wire concludes:
The backlash against “Show Dogs” has come swift and fierce, including from left-wing outlets like Slate, which also castigated the film for having a whole plotline dedicated to unwanted genitals fondling in a children’s movie. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) said the film pushes a “troubling message that grooms children for sexual abuse.” The group’s executive director, Karen Hawkins, noted that this comfortable “zen place” the character Max ascends to during the unwanted touching is a tactic used by child molesters.
Hat Tip: The Daily Wire