Two cut scenes from the family movie “Show Dogs” | Entertainment
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES – Two scenes are being cut from the family film “Show Dogs” after complaints that they look like actual sexual abuse, the film’s distributor has announced.
In the film, a police dog infiltrates a dog show to catch animal smugglers.
In one scene, the dog is told to go to his “Zen place” when he objects to his testicles being touched by a show judge.
In another scene, the dog is asked to overcome his resistance to touch to become a champion.
Parent bloggers initially raised objections to the scenes, which they say resemble tactics used by abusers.
“During the movie, I kept thinking, ‘This is wrong, it doesn’t have to be in a children’s movie,” blogger Terina Maldonado wrote. “Everything else in the movie is great fun except this one. “
Distributor Global Road Entertainment said in a statement that it “has decided to remove two scenes from the movie ‘Show Dogs’ which some have deemed inappropriate for children.”
The statement added, “We apologize to anyone who believes the original version of ‘Show Dogs’ sent an inappropriate message. The revised version of the film will be available for viewing nationwide starting this weekend.”
Maldonado said she was particularly upset that her daughter said one of the scenes was her favorite part of the movie.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation also opposed the scenes and called for them to be cut.
The film starring Will Arnett and the voice of Ludacris was released last weekend and was the # 6 movie at the box office after making $ 6 million.