When stories started popping up on Facebook about "Show Dogs," I clicked on one, to see what everyone was upset about.
I was shocked.
And apparently, there was enough backlash (and only a $7 million dollar box office the first weekend), that some scenes are being removed from the movie.
Here's the deal--
"The production company behind the film said yesterday two clips showing a dog getting his private parts examined will be removed. In them, the talking animal says he feels uncomfortable but is told to go to a "zen place," and is promised a reward once it is over. Filmmakers apologized after parents argued that the scenes make children susceptible to sexual abuse, and said there is no hidden or ulterior meaning behind them. "
Global Road Entertainment told CNN- "The dog show judging in this film is depicted completely accurately as done at shows around the world; and was performed by professional and highly respected dog show judges," the statement said in part. "Global Road Entertainment and the filmmakers are saddened and apologize to any parent who feels the scene sends a message other than a comedic moment in the film, with no hidden or ulterior meaning, but respect their right to react to any piece of content."
It will be interesting to see if the apology and re-cut of the movie is enough to draw families back to the theater. Lots of parents saw the negative publicity about the movie. Their minds may be made up already.
For the record, the writer of the original script says he didn't write those scenes and he's grateful the film has been changed.
I'm happy and proud to say that Show Dogs is being recut based on audience concerns and in theaters this weekend in a family-safe version. I didn't write the scenes in question, only the original script which was heavily rewritten. https://t.co/eSsRSfrXAg— Max Botkin (@MaxBotkin) May 23, 2018
"Show Dogs," the children's film that this week was criticized by an advocacy group over scenes that it said promoted an inappropriate and harmful message about sexual abuse, will undergo edits to remove the objectionable content https://t.co/bhAI95ti7Q pic.twitter.com/U7JKyfHZ37— CNN (@CNN) May 23, 2018