As the Black Lives Matter protests continue, more and more scrutiny is being put on the media we consume - more specifically, television.
The latest show to come under fire is Law & Order, and let's just say, reactions have been strong. Keep scrolling to take a look for yourself...
The future of several cop-oriented TV shows has come into question in recent weeks.And the latest to be scrutinized is Law & Order. But let's start from the beginning...
On May 25th, George Floyd was arrested and forced to the ground...
this man, #GeorgeFloyd did not deserve to die. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/w405ouIk5V— moon (@moon)1590639498.0
This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...But George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...And they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
Police officers have been forced to resort to violence in order to maintain the riots...And this has only fueled the nation's anger further.
Tensions surrounding our police force are continuing to escalate.Police racism has been casually happening across our country for centuries, and it needs to end now.
It's an unbelievably difficult time...
This is the hypocrisy of the left: Treating a police officer like this while protesting against racism 🧐 https://t.co/wEJz5WCAAm— Alexis Haridopolos (@Alexis Haridopolos)1591144373.0
It seems that the police will never be viewed in the same way again...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 last week.
The original decision to halt production on the show was spurred on by the protests against police brutality.“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.
It all started with this tweet...
In solidarity of #amplifymelanatedvoices we will be muting our content until June 7th to give access for Black voic… https://t.co/72Lluc4gPW— PAW Patrol (@PAW Patrol)1591104101.0
Even though many praised the production for making this decision...
@pawpatrol you’ve already brainwashed a bunch of kids into thinking law enforcement is a noble and just profession.… https://t.co/2FsVCYK3PR— i don’t understand (@i don’t understand)1591112834.0
Even the characters' names were criticized...
@pawpatrol Perhaps naming your main character police dog “chase” is a bit tone deaf to the suffering of people who… https://t.co/CULoLChMwV— Laura C. Bernardo (@Laura C. Bernardo)1591144613.0
Many viewers came forward and expressed how Chase's character made them "uncomfortable."
@pawpatrol I have always been uncomfortable with the increased militaration of Chase. I am being serious.— frank vera (@frank vera)1591124841.0
The latest show to land itself in hot water is no other than Law & Order.Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and the Dukes of Hazzard, are 2 hugely popular TV shows, and the latest to be drawn into controversy amid police brutality protests.
Rolling Stone writer EJ Dickson wrote in a story published by the magazine on Friday that the show should be canceled.Why? Because of Olivia Benson's "quintessential Good Cop character."
Here's what she had to say in the article, titled "Olivia Benson: The Law and Order: SVU Protagonist Should Be Canceled."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."
She went on to say that Benson is not the type of cop to change."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."
Although, her remarks didn't go down too well with fans of the show.
they really wanna cancel Law and Order SVU now? the one show where Olivia Benson believes every single victim, gets… https://t.co/IOzVDChbQJ— A☼ (@A☼)1592135508.0
Several brought up so-called cancel culture.
And so the cancel culture comes for Law and Order lead Olivia Benson Olivia Benson is the epitome of a strong fema… https://t.co/tiG41yCb7e— Alex Spencer (@Alex Spencer)1592012677.0
Many raised this point.
If people try to cancel law and order SVU ima fight someone cuz if there is any GOOD cop show out there, it’s that one...— Giselle🌞 (@Giselle🌞)1592152148.0
Of course, some fans acknowledged that corruption in the police force isn't represented in the show.
Bruh please don’t cancel law and order svu I love Olivia benson too much and I’m ngl they needa be honest on the co… https://t.co/luiSX3oEsy— angie🌜✵︎cap ☽aquarius ⤴︎cancer (@angie🌜✵︎cap ☽aquarius ⤴︎cancer)1592207229.0