Family animated movie The Queen’s Corgi faces backlash for featuring a joke that references Donald Trump’s infamous “grab them by the p***y” comments.
The line occurs when the President and his wife, Melania, arrive in the UK and travel to meet the Queen, shortly after he has taken a “royal selfie” with her.
When introducing his own dog, Mitzi, to the British monarch’s corgis, Trump tells her to “grab some puppy”.
The joke alludes to the now infamous recording of Donald Trump speaking to TV host Billy Bush in 2005, in which the President said: “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p***y.”
Featuring impressionist Jon Culshaw as the voice of Trump, the 85-minute film has been given a PG rating by the British Board of Film Classification, for “mild innuendo, threat and dangerous behaviour”.
The extended insight published by the BBFC states that there is “mild comic innuendo” and “very mild rude humour” in several scenes, but makes no reference to the jokes about Trump’s alleged history.
Film critic Clarisse Loughrey, of The Independent, noted the distasteful joke and said the movie features “multiple references” to allegations of sexual assault surrounding the President.
If you want to feel truly terrible, you could watch The Queen's Corgi, the talking dog movie with multiple references to Donald Trump's long history of alleged sexual assaults (it's a YIKES from me) https://t.co/U02HRlRF1f— Clarisse Loughrey (@clarisselou) July 4, 2019
Screen Daily’s review says the film features “plenty of tasteless moments that are often wildly inappropriate for its intended audience”, summarising it as “a dog’s dinner.”
The Queen’s Corgi, produced by Belgian company nWave Pictures, focuses on the Queen’s favourite corgi - Rex, voiced by comedian Jack Whitehall.
Julie Walters performs the voice of Queen Elizabeth II, while impressionist Debra Stephenson voices Melania Trump.
The British cast also includes Ray Winstone, Sheridan Smith and Matt Lucas.
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Reviews have not been kind to the film, with the Rotten Tomatoes score currently languishing at 0% from six reviews.
The Queen’s Corgi is due to be released into UK cinemas on 5th July.