The Trouble with ‘Show Dogs’

With the sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein (as well as his recent arrest) destroying his career and forcing his company into bankruptcy, you would think that Hollywood had learned its lesson – especially due to the advent of the #MeToo movement. Unfortunately, you’re wrong. Instead, the entertainment industry has decided to double down on coarsening our culture, even in what are supposed to be children’s movies.

The latest example is a movie called Show Dogs, which focuses on a police dog and his owner going to a prestigious dog show and stopping an instance of animal smuggling.

Sounds like an innocent premise, right? Well, according to some critics, there is an inappropriate subplot that endorses pedophilia of all things, and had to be edited out as a result. The scene in question I can’t even describe on this blog, but it can be explained by blogger Terina Maldonado:

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.

Unbelievable, but not surprising. This is just the latest example of an entertainment industry that aims to corrupt American children and shove crude behavior down their throats. There’s no excuse for this, and you can impact kids in a positive way. Just take a look at what Disney’s two feature animation houses in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas do. They impact kids in a positive way, which is why their movies continue to consistently make a fortune – and odds are Pixar’s Incredibles 2 will continue that incredible track record.

The 20th Century Fox-produced X-Men spinoff Deadpool 2 – which is doing very well at the box office – is crude as well, as are the two Kingsman movies – both of which I enjoyed (and are also Fox productions), but they’re all R-rated movies aimed at and marketed towards adults. Show Dogs on the other hand is a movie aimed strictly at children. So, who’s at fault?

For one thing, it’s obviously the fault of most of the star-studded cast including Will Arnett and the rapper known as Ludacris. The latter of which is no surprise, as Ludacris has a history of making harmful entertainment. Director Raja Gosnell and the company that put out this piece of garbage, Global Road Entertainment, are also culpable. Finally, if you’re a parent and take your child to see this movie, then you’re at fault as well for sending a message that being crude and sexually harassing others is just fine behavior.

Thankfully, the movie’s being beaten by The Avengers: Infinity War and the above-mentioned Deadpool 2. Maybe this will be a lesson for the filmmakers next time they try to attempt to aim this kind of crude humor at children. When will the coarsening of our culture ever stop?



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