It appears that the Black Lives Matter protests are now extending to remove the depiction of “good cops” from television, and children’s shows are no exception. In fact, it appears that the protesters are attempting to get the popular children’s cartoon Paw Patrol off the air.
As revealed by The New York Times, it looks like people are particularly upset by Chase, a German Shepard dog that holds a position as a police officer. It seems that this positive portrayal of a police officer is deemed bad by protesters and they’ve targeted Paw Patrol as a result. As they’ve explained:
“As the protests against racist police violence enter their third week, the charges are mounting against fictional cops, too. 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.”
It seems that this movement is all part of a massive effort to target all on-screen interpretations of the police, something which we’ve already seen succeed since A&E and Paramount took both Live PD and Cops off the air. While it’s understandable for those types of shows to be removed, it seems a little more far-fetched to target a show like Paw Patrol – especially by posting comments like “euthanize the police dog” as one protester demanded.
Most people on Twitter seem to be against the idea of cancelling the show. Here’s a sample:
Nevertheless, perhaps there is a solid point to be made. Maybe there is something overwhelmingly narrow-minded about feeding kids different types of television programming that solely focuses on the likes of police officers being objectively good in every possible portrayal. One can only wait to see what will happen to the series and what might be the best route for these types of shows in the future. And who knows what or who will be targeted next?