Amid Black Lives Matter protests, more and more scrutiny is being put on the media we consume – more specifically, the movies and shows we watch.
This week, news has emerged that a screening of Kindergarten Cop has been canceled, and people appear to be scratching their heads over the reasoning…
The current climate surrounding police brutality has put the magnifying glass onto shows and movies that “glorify” the police.
But George Floyd’s death back in May has sparked an outrage like never before.
And they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
And this has only fueled the nation’s anger further.
Police racism has been casually happening across our country for centuries, and it needs to end now.
And it’s hard to distinguish the good police officers from the bad.
And now, people are calling several TV shows into question due to their portrayal of police officers.
First off we had Cops…
Paramount Network made the decision to cancel the show, which was heading into its 33rd season.
“Cops is not on the Paramount Network and we don’t have any current or future plans for it to return,” a network spokesperson said.
The cancelation of Cops was only the beginning…
Popular children’s cartoon, Paw Patrol, also came under fire last week.
Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol is a very popular show…
It follows a boy named Ryder and a team of 6 playful rescue dogs who use their individual talents to protect the seaside town of Adventure Bay – including a police officer, a firefighter, and a construction worker.
Paw Patrol issued a statement to their followers explaining how they will be temporarily muting their content to mark the Black Lives Matter movement.
So many Twitter users began slamming the show for “encouraging kids into thinking law enforcement is a noble profession.”
Apparently, the name “Chase” represents people who have been attacked by police dogs in a very tone-deaf way.
Who’d have thought an animated puppy would make an adult uncomfortable?
However, as of now, it doesn’t look like the future of the show is hanging in the balance, and the team is yet to respond to the online backlash.
Law & Order also got some bad press.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and the Dukes of Hazzard, are 2 hugely popular TV shows, and one of the latest to be drawn into controversy amid police brutality protests.
Why? Because of Olivia Benson’s “quintessential Good Cop character.”
She claimed Benson is “the embodiment of all of the qualities we wish law enforcement figures would have: she’s tough but fair, vulnerable yet steely-eyed, displaying constant compassion for survivors and providing no quarter to abusers.”
“She always fights for and believes victims, a marked contrast to real-life law enforcement officials, whose record on convicting sexual offenders is abysmal.”
“Not fundamentally, because nobody wants Olivia Benson to change. We’re probably not going to see her making an effort to hire more police officers of color. We’re probably not going to see George Floyd incorporated into plotlines in anything but a cursory, ripped-from-the-headlines way.”
…the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, Kindergarten Cop.
The screening was part of a summer-drive-in movie series in Portland, Oregon, taking place this week.
But, the organizers very quickly had a change of heart when it came to airing it at the event.
The outrage over the film choice was reportedly ignited when Portland author Lois Leveen, who has since made his social media channels private, criticized NWFC, tweeting: “A weird time to revive Kindergarten Cop.”
Adding that these movies are “relics” of how pop culture feeds into racist ideologies.
“There’s nothing fun in cops traumatizing kids.”
Not everyone was pleased that the flick was pulled from the event.
In place of Kindergarten Cop, the event’s organizers will instead screen John Lewis: Good Trouble.
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It’s now been called the most powerful picture of our time…