Global Entertainment revealed Thursday it is cutting two scenes, from the movie "Show Dogs" in which a character appears to be “comfortable” with his owner touching his private parts in the movie.
“Responding to concerns raised by moviegoers and some specific organizations, Global Road Entertainment has decided to remove two scenes from the film "Show Dogs" that some have deemed not appropriate for children,” the company said in a statement.
Dr. Soo Battle is a pediatrician and performs sexual assault forensic examinations on children who allege abuse for the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children.
She joined "News 10 this Morning" on Wednesday.
“They tell the dog , ‘find your happy place’ when they are examining his private parts in the movie,” Dr Battle said. “Because his natural reaction is to snap back at his owner.”
“In the end of the movie, the judge is examining the dog’s private parts and they show (in his mind) these flowery scenes and fireworks going off and all this stuff to make it seem like he was finally OK with someone doing something to him he didn’t want”
Dr. Battle says this can send a confusing message to children.
“Children can be very confused by that,” she said. “I actually saw a review by a child online that said that was their favorite part.”
“In the field of child sexual abuse, where I work, we worry about giving mixed messages to children, they are very easily confused,” Dr. Battle said.
“If you teach them, it’s okay to let somebody look at your private parts, don’t trust your gut feelings, don’t say anything, just go along with it, that is what they are going to learn,” she explained. “And that is what they are going to do when they’re put in that situation.”
By most accounts, "Show Dogs" is popular with the younger crowd.
The film follows a Rottweiler police dog and his human partner (played by Will Arnett) who go undercover at a dog show to stop an animal smuggling activity.