The movie studio behind the new kids’ film Show Dogs is going to re-edit the film, following an online outrage over a plot line that seemed to send a very disturbing message to children.
As we previously reported, the film drew massive blowback from bloggers and critics—even Matt Chandler and Russell Moore tweeted about it—for scenes in which the movie’s protagonist (a talking dog named Max), was encouraged to go to a “zen place” while dog show judges touched his genitals, despite his discomfort.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation had also released a statement, calling out the film for showing “unwanted genital touching to its child audience.”
The studio, Global Road Entertainment, said: “Responding to concerns raised by moviegoers and some specific organizations, Global Road Entertainment has decided to remove two scenes from the film Show Dogs that some have deemed not appropriate for children. The company takes these matters very seriously and remains committed to providing quality entertainment for the intended audiences based on the film’s rating. We apologize to anybody who feels the original version of Show Dogs sent an inappropriate message.”
One of the movie’s two writers is also speaking out, saying he had nothing to do with the scene, and that they were added after his initial script was completed. Max Botkin said: “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.”