‘Show Dogs’ Pulled From Theaters After Parents Complain Of Pedophile Messaging
In what can only be described as a grassroots victory for parents everywhere, the children’s film “Show Dogs” has been pulled from theaters and will be re-edited following an intense public outcry over what many parents saw as covert pedophile messaging.
It began with a trickle and turned into a storm when mommy blogger Terina Maldonado of Macaroni Kid sounded the alarm over one of the film’s wildly inappropriate plot points that sent a dangerously creepy message to children.
“Show Dog” stars Will Arnett as an FBI agent named Frank who is forced into partnering with a talking dog named Max (voiced by Ludacris) to infiltrate a prestigious dog show in the hopes of rescuing a kidnapped panda. One of the film’s plot points involved the character Max learning to cope with the idea of having a judge examine his genitals while competing in the dog show.
Considering that “Show Dogs” is a movie for children and Max was an anthropomorphized character, Maldonado and many parents interpreted the scene as “pedophile grooming,” sending the message for children to be comfortable with a stranger touching their private parts:
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 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.