Television has already seen some changes as protests against police brutality have continued around the country. Paw Patrol features a group of rescue dogs that work together to solve problems.
On Monday, “Cops” was canceled after 32 seasons on the air. “LivePD,” which airs on A&E, was also canceled after it was originally placed on hold, according to Deadline.
“Paw Patrol” features a group of rescue dogs that work together to solve problems. One of the main characters is Chase, a police dog.
The controversy started when the show tweeted out a message of solidarity toward the Black Lives Matter movement. The post said it would be muting its content until June 7 “to give access for Black voices to be heard so we can continue to listen and further our learning.”PAW Patrol✔@pawpatrol
In solidarity of #amplifymelanatedvoices we will be muting our content until June 7th to give access for Black voices to be heard so we can continue to listen and further our learning. #amplifyblackvoices
The post drew some criticism from other users, albeit some of it was in jest.
“All dogs go to heaven, except the class traitors in the Paw Patrol,” one user tweeted.
“How much will Paw Patrol be donating to bail funds?” another posted.
The response lead the New York Times to publish a piece on the backlash against the children’s cartoon, its police dog Chase and other good cops on TV sitcoms.
Critic Amanda Hess wrote in the article:
“Even big-hearted cartoon police dogs — or maybe especially big-hearted cartoon police dogs — are on notice. The effort to publicize police brutality also means banishing the good-cop archetype, which reigns on both television and in viral videos of the protests themselves. “Paw Patrol” seems harmless enough, and that’s the point: The movement rests on understanding that cops do plenty of harm.”
With Hess’ column bringing attention to the outcry, others on social media noted that things had gone too far, including Eric Trump and Senator Ted Cruz.
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