Why Some Moms Want You To Boycott "Show Dogs"

May 22, 2018
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I have not seen "Show Dogs" so I can't say whether or not I agree with this assessment of the movie, but if these moms are right, wow!

The blog For Every Mom published a startling description of the movie and said it sends a harmful message about who can touch your private parts.

The film is about a police dog that goes undercover with his human counterpart. They infiltrate a dog show to rescue a kidnapped panda. Apparently, things go south when the police dog has to submit to having his private parts checked. While this type of inspection is routine for a real-life dog competition, parents are wondering if it was necessary to include it in the movie... and they're also concerned about how much the film focused on it and the message it sent. 

For Every Mom author Jenny Rapson quotes Terina Maldonado, a fellow blogger from the Macaroni Kid website.

"It’s when Max the police dog learns what he has to do to truly go undercover and be accepted as a legitimate show dog that the trouble with this movie starts. WHAT does Max (and apparently all the show dogs) have to submit to?

Having his private parts touched and inspected. Yep. Maldonado continues:

“What could have been solely a fun movie for kids that would get my highest recommendation is damaged by a dark and disturbing message hidden, not so subtly between the fluffy dogs and glamorous parties of the show dog lifestyle.  As part of any dog show, contestants are judged on their abilities and physical attributes.  One part, in particular, is the inspection of the dog’s private parts.”

Max, of course, is  NOT cool with this, and when his partner Frank and a former champion show dog try to get him to accept this process, a certain dark and very dangerous theme for kids emerges. Maldonado explains:

“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.  More attempts are made by Frank to touch Max’s private parts, but Max is still having trouble letting it happen and keeps snapping at him.”

Max needs to get it together, see, and LET PEOPLE TOUCH HIS PRIVATE PARTS, or he might lose the competition and fail at his mission to rescue the kidnapped panda.

So what do you think? Have you seen the movie? Like I said, I have not, but if it goes as these moms describe it is pretty disturbing! I'm wondering if other parents who saw it felt the same way, or if these moms are exaggerating?