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Show Dogs filmmakers respond to critics who say movie ‘grooms children for sex abuse’

The new film Show Dogs — which stars Ludacris as the voice of a talking police dog named Max who has to infiltrate a prestigious dog show — is causing concern among parents for a subplot which involves Max becoming comfortable with strangers touching his genitals.

In the PG-rated film, Max must learn how to perform well as a show dog, which includes behaving during the “inspection” of his genitals by the show judges — a plot line that critics have likened to sexual predators “grooming” children to become comfortable with inappropriate touching.

The filmmakers responded to the concerns with a statement: “It has come to our attention that there have been online discussion and concern about a particular scene in Show Dogs, a family comedy that is rated PG. 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. 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.”

The movie, which debuted in theaters on May 18, caught the attention of several parenting blogs. Family film blog Macaroni Kid writer Terina Maldonado wrote:

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…

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