'Paw Patrol' canceled? Twitter erupts as people debate whether cop dog is problematic

Almost three weeks after a policeman killed George Floyd, protests against Black Lives Matter continue in the United States. The call to end racist violence by defusing the police has never been so loud - and Hollywood has to adapt quickly.
After 32 seasons, it was announced on Tuesday that cops had been canceled. A&E has just canceled its controversial show Live PD. Could Paw Patrol really be next? Yes, some people wonder if the popular Nickelodeon children's cartoon should be culturally “canceled”.
Ryder and his puppy team on Paw Patrol. (Everett collection)
Paw Patrol follows a little boy, Ryder, and his team of puppies who save the day in their fictional city. There is Marshall, a Dalmatian firefighter, and Skye, the fearless Cockapoo who is on guard. But one of the most popular characters is the German Shepherd Chase, who happens to be a policeman.
Last week, the show's Twitter account announced that it would mute content "so black voices could be heard so we could continue listening and learning." And Twitter did its thing in the replies.
PAW Patrol

@ Pawpatrol
In solidarity with #amplifymelanatedvoices, we will mute our content until June 7th to allow black voices access so we can keep listening and learning. #amplifyblackvoices
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A person linked to an article from 2018 on the satirical website The Onion: "Paw Patrol Writers Defend Episode, in which the German Shepherd Cop shoots 17 unarmed black laboratories in the back 17 times."
"Defund the paw patrol," someone answered as another added, "put the police dog to sleep."
"For a paramilitary organization, Chase violates so many data protection laws that it's ridiculous. Sky also directly violates international standards that prevent dogs from flying helicopters," wrote another Twitter user.
The comments were mostly joking - though some took the dark humor to a new level. However, it sparked a broader debate about how good police officers like the lovable chase should be portrayed on television.
The New York Times published an article on Wednesday entitled "The protests are coming for Paw Patrol," and although it recognized that the call to "cancel" the show was not really serious, it basically pointed out why Character like Chase could be problematic.
"It's a joke, but neither is it," the author wrote. “When the protests against racist police violence begin in the third week, the charges against fictitious police officers also increase. Even big-hearted cartoon police dogs - or maybe especially big-hearted cartoon police dogs - will be notified. Efforts to publicize the brutality of the police also mean banishing the archetype of the good policeman, which is prevalent both on television and in viral videos of the protests themselves. Paw Patrol seems harmless enough, and that's the point: the move is based on the understanding that police officers do a lot of harm. "
Other outlets, such as the federalist, defended the cartoon with his article, "Paw Patrol and Chase the Police Dog are good examples of" protection and service. "
Suddenly the idea came up on Twitter that some Paw Patrol might find too problematic, and conservative politicians and commentators quickly got involved.
Kevin McCarthy

@ GOPLeader
You know, Democrats really lost it when the two pillars of their police reform plans are:
1. Defuse the police.
2. Ban Paw Patrol.
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Tom Cotton

@ TomCottonAR
US Senate candidate AR
The left tears down statues of Christopher Columbus, has Paw Patrol and Live PD canceled, and urges to disappoint the police.

This is not progress - it is mob rule and insanity.
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Bobby Lewis
@revrrlewis
After insulting that a Confederate film is currently unavailable on HBO Max, Joe Concha says he will move to New Zealand if Paw Patrol is canceled.
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Tim Burchett

@ Timburchett
The ban on "PawPatrol" are you kidding?
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Dean Cain called the term Paw Patrol "madness".
Dean Cain

@ RealDeanCain
Paw Patrol? PAW PATROL ??? A group of first aiders who serve their communities ???? Who could find this show offensive?
Madness.
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Megyn Kelly tweeted a link to the New York Times article and said it was "beyond parody".
Megyn Kelly

@ Megynkelly
This is beyond parody.
https: // www.
nytimes.com/2020/06/10/art
s / television / protests-fictitious-police.html
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The idea that Paw Patrol will actually be canceled is a long shot. The show was extended for an eighth season earlier this year, and the film Paw Patrol: The Movie was scheduled to hit theaters in August 20201. On the other hand, people probably thought that Gone With the Wind would take longer than a few weeks on HBO Max too.
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