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Parents Went In:’Show Dogs’ to undergo edits after uproar

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(CNN)“Show Dogs,” the children’s film that this week was criticized by an advocacy groupover scenes that it said promoted an inappropriate and harmful message about sexual abuse, will undergo edits to remove the objectionable content, the studio said Wednesday.

“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,” a statement from the studio said. “The company takes these matters very seriously and remains committed to providing quality entertainment for the intended audiences based on the film’s rating.”
The company added: “We apologize to anybody who feels the original version of ‘Show Dogs’ sent an inappropriate message.”
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) took aim at “Show Dogs” because it claimed certain scenes normalized “unwanted genital touching to its child audience,” according to a statement from the group released on Tuesday.
The organization added that the film, about a Rottweiler police dog who tries to infiltrate the world of dog shows, sent a “troubling message that grooms children for sexual abuse.”
NCOSE, an anti-pornography organization formerly known as Morality in Media, specifically took issue with what it said were “multiple scenes where a dog character must have its private parts inspected,” said the group’s executive director Dawn Hawkins.
Hawkis said the scenes showed the dog was uncomfortable with this but “told to go to a ‘zen place.'”
“Disturbingly, these are similar tactics child abusers use when grooming children — telling them to pretend they are somewhere else, and that they will get a reward for withstanding their discomfort,” Hawkins said. “Children’s movies must be held to a higher standard, and must teach children bodily autonomy, the ability to say ‘no’ and safety, not confusing messages endorsing unwanted genital touching.”
Global Road Entertainment, which co-produced and co-financed the film with Riverstone Pictures, initially issued a statement explaining that examinations were common practice in dog shows but apologized “to any parent who feels the scene sends a message other than a comedic moment in the film.”
One of film’s two credited writers, Max Botkin, denied involvement in crafting the controversial scenes, telling CNN that while the film was based on his original script, he was not part of the rewriting process, which involved 12 uncredited writers.
“I absolutely condemn any suggestion or act of non-consensual touching in any form, as well as disassociation as a coping mechanism for abuse of any kind,” he said in a statement. “I understand and empathize with the parents’ and groups’ concerns regarding the message the movie may impart.”
The revised version of the film will be available for viewing nationwide starting this weekend.
“Show Dogs” opened in theaters May 18 and has grossed almost $7 million domestically.

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2019 Bounce TV Trumpet Awards Was Filled With Love & Many Surprises

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Cedric Nettles/ Entertainment Editor

From the electrifying tribute to MC Lyte, to the absolutely ridiculously talented JD McCrary , to the eloquence and calming energy of Robert Townsend, the 2019 Bounce TV Trumpet Awards was incredible. And Exposure Magazine was there to witness it. Here is a brief recap because you will have to see it on Bounce TV in February to believe it.

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MC Lyte Trailblazer Award– All I can say is wow.  She is really giving back to the culture and young women. In her acceptance speech she had a very special message for the young ladies concerning enjoying their youth.

Robert Townsend Living Legend Award– The unassuming Robert Townsend really inspired me. In his acceptance speech he really blessed the aspiring artist with his words. If you are a risk taker that puts it all on the line for your craft, you want to hear what he said.  He is a living legend.

JD McCrary Rising Star Award – This young man has this aura of greatness on him.  Simply put, the kid you root for.Get used to seeing him…That is all I am going to say.

Tim King Education Excellence–  Incredible man who got very emotional when concerning educating our young black men all over this country who are being killed. By the way , if you are a young black male that attends his school, you are going to college. His school has an astonishing 100 percent entry rate. Tim is a ‘King.’

Rodney Jerkins Music Excellence– Who says you can’t be great behind the scenes? This humble genius has been behind a lot of hits, not to mention movies.  He will inspire you.

Tip ‘TI’ Harris Xernona Clayton Award – Was very funny and was stunned. He is very much a fixture in his hometown community and nationwide. I promise you , you will be enlightened by what he is doing to help the black community.

Dapper Dan Vangard Award– From the street corners, to fashion icon. He proved that it is not your circumstances that define you. You will here about his journey.

 

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Meet Trumpet Rising Star Award Recipient JD McCrary

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The entertainment industry is tough for any adult to break through. To see a young person get this kind of recognition is something special. Congrats to you JD and your future is amazing.

JD McCrary is an 11-year-old American singer, dancer and actor. He currently stars in Tyler Perry’s The Paynes and will be the voice of Young Simba in the live-action remake of The Lion King alongside Beyoncé and Donald Glover.

 

The Rising Star Award recognizes individuals who are quickly establishing themselves and making an impact in their particular field or industry. These are future trailblazers, the ones to watch.

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Meet Trumpet Award Trailblazer Recipient The Legendary MC Lyte

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This young lady’s  has been so much apart of my youth that I have to have her tracks in my playlist. Distinct and  lyrically lethal she has no equal. She has a place in our hearts as one of the best ever.  Congrats to you legend and queen.

 

MC Lyte is one of the most prolific and well-respected female hip-hop artists of all time. In addition to her musical endeavors, she is also a published author, actress, inspirational speaker, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

 

The Trailblazer Award recognizes pioneers who inspire others to follow their path to greatness with innovative ideas that challenge the status quo.
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