A Dogs Purpose

Universal Pictures execs cancelled this weekend's premiere of the movie 'A Dog's Purpose' amid the uproar over a leaked video that shows a canine star being forced into artificially turbulent water.

The video, which was obtained by gossip tabloid TMZ shows a trainer forcing a terrified German Shepherd into the turbulent water.

At the end of the video, the dog appears to go under the water as humans swim over to save it.

It was all too much for dog lovers. PETA and other animal rights activists called for a boycott of the movie which opens in theaters on Thursday.

'A Dog's purpose' is a fantasy film about a dog who searches for his purpose in life as he is reincarnated over several lifetimes and several owners.

A spokesman for Universal and Amblin said, "Because Amblin's review into the edited video released yesterday is still ongoing… it is in the best interest of A Dog's Purpose to cancel this weekend's premiere.

Another statement reads: "While we are all disheartened by the appearance of an animal in distress, everyone has assured us that Hercules, the German Shepherd, was not harmed throughout the filmmaking."

Director Lasse Hallström was outraged at the unauthorized video leak.

"I am very disturbed by the video released today from the set of my film A dog's purpose... I did not witness these actions. We were all committed to providing a loving and safe environment for all the animals in the film," he said.

'A Dog's Purpose' is still scheduled for release. Animal rights activists vow to protest outside theaters all over the country that show the film.

  • Carrington

    They'll protest a dog being in warm water for 4 seconds, but see a black person with his hands up get killed and pretend that nothing happened... fake assed empathy.

  • Real Greasy

    Michael Vick got two joints in the Commonwealth state of Virginia for owning property in which pit Bulls went in hard for they owners.....Hollywood??? (Tax season) like a college student they are exempt.......

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    Bruh!

  • Endless ONEder

    This is what white people are protesting about? ROTFLMAO.....it wasn't even that serious. The dog wasn't screaming or crying lol

  • Ms.Caramel

    I feel sorry for him if he was scurred...
    I didn't watch the video...

  • Ben

    Animals don't have to scream or cry to be in distress.

  • imright

    crackers love animals?

  • Endless ONEder

    Dogs DO bark/holler when in distress. I have owned 3. It's just a dog & it's not that serious. Americans are pathetic about their stupid pets.

  • Capricornicy

    But did Rover die?

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    These comments are disgusting! SMDH.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Let me know when BLM.

  • Endless ONEder

    I hope a dog bites your foot off since you love them so much lol

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    And you're comparing an animal to a black person why?

  • Ben

    Yes I know that, that's why I exclaimed that they "Show distress in other ways as well".

    That just a dog comment. People have said, you can tell a lot about a person's empathy by the way they treat God's creatures.

    Enjoy your night.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    I don't abuse dogs so they have no reason to bite me.

  • Capricornicy

    Lmao.

  • Endless ONEder

    You don't have to be provoked to get bit. The right one hasn't come upon you yet.

  • Capricornicy

    We said what we said.

  • Just saying

    I love a good looking German Shepard...

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    I've heard this too...people who show empathy for animals are compassionate people.

  • Endless ONEder

    Blah blah blah. I care more about humans....sue me.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Good for you, and so did I.

  • Endless ONEder

    No, they're not. I know plenty of pet owners who are horrible people. The two do not correlate. Try again. Y'all are a mess on here lol

  • Just saying

    Couldn't come back like he should have. They hated him

  • Psychic Lulu

    That's funny to me. They're worried about a dog that is trained for the scene and Azaelia Banks crazy ass over there sacrificing anything she can get her hands on. If yall think she is just sacrificing chickens, you're sadly mistaken. PETA go get that idiot. Is this an open post or nah? If not delete it Sandra. That is all.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    You clearly have never owned a dog. Please don't speak about what you don't know.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    So... black people aren't animal lovers?! ?

  • Endless ONEder

    I've owned 3...try again LOSER lol

  • Ben

    Exactly. The ignorance on here is disgusting.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    You must be talking about the pet owners who neglect and abuse their pets because they show no empathy. Did you read and understand what he said? You just proved his point...

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    All of them except the "cracker" that tried to drown that dog?

  • Endless ONEder

    Wasn't to kill a mockingbird a thing?....go away loser lol

  • Soda
  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Oh, you're still here? So you've had 3 dogs? That's so many! and I'm sure each one acted the exact same way cuz all dogs are the same right? 3 dogs is a lot to have in your life. You must know so much about dogs, tell me all about them...

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Well, they don't speak for the black people I know. Besides, INTELLIGENT human beings are capable of caring about more than one issue.

  • n1kk1a

    Incog-knee-gress, we need you back! ?

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    How was that the point? Why is there a comparison to an animal and a black person? There's no relation there.

  • Ben

    Exactly,..I couldn't have said it any better.

  • Endless ONEder

    Intelligent people also know that we can NOT care about animals and still be considered "normal", "compassionate", etc, etc.

    Not caring about animals does not mean one is going to go around abusing them but it means just that. I don't care one way or another who else is doing it.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Then log out.

  • countrygal

    ???? I've been pissing my kids off saying this. Their face ------> ?

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    ?????

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Who is this Tequila person?

  • Endless ONEder

    You asked and I answered. Now, you're upset about the answer. You're an immature loser who was just trolled by a stranger online. You're all in your feelings while I laugh behind this keyboard lol. Girl bye.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Idk was it? I love that this is your response. It's clear you can't hold an adult conversation. You haven't once elaborated on any of your points....but I'll be the one to go away because someone challenging you to expand your mind is a problem for you and I don't really have the time and I'm not getting paid to help you. So good day ;)

  • Kilroy

    Where are the animal rights activists when our people are shot down like dogs in the streets of amerikkka?!
    So sick of hear hypocrites.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    You sound like a sociopath.

  • Capricornicy

    A cold sore that just popped up out of no where.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Oh

  • Endless ONEder

    How? Because I don't care what happens to an animal that I have no associate with? Chicago clearly did make you tough lol

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Give me a break! There are plenty of animal lovers who are involved in human rights issues, too.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    I don't have to. I come here strickly for the comments and never know what they say til I read. You express your opinions on here constantly so I can too. And my opinion is these comments are disgusting. Don't worry about what I'm saying anyway. You just scroll passed like mostly everyone else.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Do you believe in god?

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    I'm right here, you just summoned me, is it cuz you missed me? ;)

  • Endless ONEder

    Girl, this is the comment section of a GOSSIP blog lol No need for me to give explanations or dissertations. Me no care lol

  • Soda

    Beat it, imbecile.

  • Endless ONEder

    It's been fun trolling some of you. Go outside today and stop being lured online by people like me lol

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    I'm an imbecile, but you can't elaborate on what you're trying to say....ok, cuz that makes sense.

  • Afrocentric/Love

    So you must have an association with an animal to care about it?

  • Rayne

    Him downstairs arguing bout a dog. Smh ????

  • Lolalao

    I totally get what you're saying..

  • Justlooknout

    Have a great week-end and remember if we got each other, we got this.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/76298540e98244336f5e2ab846a94aed3424853109f80f03c78092909dbc36b0.jpg

  • Oh Tommie

    Right...I'm dying ??

  • missmiami305

    I dont feel anything about the dog. Sn, Joseline was a co-host on The Real.....ratings
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b256b9d14c56fd129df3c3e2aebf473ebf6c8fc1839eb30d91ef9f77aa111cc2.gif must be super low

  • Afrocentric/Love
  • Alicia.Ashe

    Clown

  • missmiami305
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  • missmiami305

    ????

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    All im saying is I've heard this...

  • missmiami305
  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Really what? Unless you can explain to me who its relevant. I asked that other person but they left lol.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Being cruel to animals isn't cool.

    I still can't stand PETA though ?

  • Soda

    He was probably living the good life while on set~ his own trailer, steaks every day. Now he's in the pound hoping he doesn't get sent to the gas chamber. He should sue TMZ for messing up his money.

  • missmiami305

    Luv the gravi

  • Luv Pitties

    As a dog owner and animal lover this video is terrible, the dog was clearly scared to get in the water. That IS a form of abuse, no one or no animal should be subjected to that. I had no intention to see this movie. The sad part of it is most of those animals who are used for movies end up discarded anyway.

  • Luv Pitties

    PETA and SPCA are hypocrites

  • Luv Pitties

    It is well know whites do not care about Black people nor their lives. I am at a loss as to why "we" keep making comparisons to White people's concern for animals versus their lack of compassion for us. "We" are nothing more than feculent beings Or less as far as they're concerned. Why in 2017 are "we" still looking for inclusion or equality from them when we have never received it. I understand your point but hate the analogy.

  • Anji

    I once acted in a movie with over 50 animals, mostly wild. It involved the mother and child of each grouping. Most hated shoot of my career. I did witness the care and concern of the trained professionals that worked with them. I'm not big on wild animals being held in captivity or used for entertainment purposes, but if you view animals and children's movies know that Hollywood demands actions that are not fair to animals at all. Happens all the time. It's wrong to subject creatures to do something without them being able to consent. Anyway, they demand extra from humans as well. I don't cape for PETA, but the industry is brutal...for all.

  • SummerBaby

    I kinda wanted to see this movie. ??

  • Shira Harding-James

    What does that video have to do with the movie?! ?

  • Capricornicy

    ..

  • Hailey B

    What a sad and pathetic human being you are. It's "just a dog" and it's not just "whites" or "Americans" that care about a dog. A dog has a soul, a heart and a brain just like humans do. I can see your lack of respect and disregard for an animal life and that truly is a shame. I hope as your karma when you transition(DIE) that you come back as a dog. An abused dog, so you can feel the hurt and pain. Let's see if you "cry" or "holler". Your a sick woman.

  • Judi Lauren

    It was the dog in the movie...

  • TooMuchTea

    Nothing about that video is funny. What an idiot! I'm glad the premiere got cancelled. All the director care abt is his money.

  • Ben

    Read that Troglodyte.

  • BlueHousen

    The dog needed rescuing at the end of the clip but he is perfectly fine. They need to apologize for the actions of the one dummy trainer, wait a bit and release the movie which looks great. Dogs have wacky psyche, you are not suppose to force them into doing things.

  • nick c

    Are the dogs not screened? Mine would of dove headfirst if I threw her toy in that pool.

  • Look@m3

    Don't explain that was just .....nm

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Or they are having the dogs attacking people, including children!!! Sickos

  • suganspice68

    A shame!

  • Taylordanes

    No feelings about a helpless animal but you "care" about a human being who lacks class or respect for other people... ok

  • Taylordanes

    There are plenty! The same way you can advocate for breast cancer and still care about prostate
    Cancer!!!!

  • Taylordanes

    And so do people of color

  • http://www.Samanthagwrites.com Samantha G.

    Wow. They were supposed to wait until the damn dog was ready to get in. Dogs have great instinct. Probably felt what happened at the end would happen if he got in and was like he'll no, no thank you. That was negligent of the trainer. Filming could have waited because now the money they feared they'd waste by putting off filming is now not being earned back with the film's premiere being canceled.

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    And this is why you tha best ?

  • ?Royalty?

    Mine would've too.

  • ?Royalty?

    ??

  • ?Royalty?

    Me too.

  • Queen B

    Aaaawww he scared ? Fido should've bit a whole in his ass lol

  • Queen of EVERYTHING

    Dogs don't do rough water. We take our fur baby to the beach to have fun and he fights the waves for his entire life the whole time... Looks scared and constantly swims for shore. When I hold him close to me and try to show him it's safe and fun, he looks at me like I'm a crazy Sprite woman and says (with his eyes) "I can only do so much for you Ma, you don't sense this danger?!"

  • Queen of EVERYTHING

    Chiiiiiile! THIS ??

  • Queen of EVERYTHING

    Lmmfaooooo! I need that gif everyday in the Rose garden!!!

  • Queen of EVERYTHING

    Whew! ?

  • Missy Misdemeanor ???

    ? #BernieMac

  • Kjibbers

    That dog almost drowned and that is not artificial water.

  • Wayup!

    I wish a nigg@ wuddddddddd..,....Ohhhh?????

  • nich

    Awwww buddy. It's going down. Animals get more sympathy than humans. The fall out from this is going to be huge.

  • Tea??

    Straight to Netflix lol

  • Jussjess25

    Im glad they cancelled that horrible concept of a movie.! ?

  • Ben

    They get more sympathy because they can't defend themselves, nor do they have a voice to do so. We are their voice for them.

  • Ben

    ? awww.

  • JerseyMom

    The dog should have bit their azzes.

  • Simone

    I'm no Huffington Post fan, but they had a thorough article years ago about who PETA really is: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/2979220
    They go from industry to industry, from the circus to this movie, destroying them based on lies and propaganda. Meanwhile, PETA kills puppies and kittens for financial gain. To date, they've killed about 34,000.

  • SunRiseBlossom

    I AGREE!!! This made me ANGRY...I am a dog owner too... I HATE to see any animal get mistreated!!!

  • mercifullove

    article says "artificial TURBULENT water", smh

  • Kilroy

    When they come out for blacks like they came out Saturday for women then I will receive your comment. Till then miss me with that bs you're posting.

  • Benjamin

    Preach! Exactly.

  • Taylordanes

    Black people need to come out for themselves... create group economics for ourselves and stop expecting groups of "other" people to have our best interest at heart

  • Kjibbers

    LOL my bad. Thank you.