Children’s programme Paw Patrol has not been cancelled, its makers have mentioned, after the White House press secretary appeared to fall for rumours it had.
Kayleigh McEnany mentioned the present that includes cartoon canine who run a police division was amongst programmes and video games axed as a consequence of “cancel culture”.
But the collection swiftly reassured followers that there was “no need to worry”.
A variety of police exhibits within the US have been taken off air following protests towards alleged police brutality.
They comply with the demise of African-American George Floyd whereas in police custody in May. The US authorities has additionally confronted criticism over the deployment of federal troops within the metropolis of Portland, Oregon.
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What did the press secretary say?
In Friday’s briefing, Ms McEnany mentioned President Donald Trump was against “cancel culture” – a time period for when people or corporations face swift public backlash and boycott over offensive statements or actions – and “specifically as it pertains to cops”.
“We saw a few weeks ago that Paw Patrol, a cartoon show about cops, was cancelled. The show Cops was cancelled, Live PD was cancelled,” she mentioned.
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She additionally repeated a declare – beforehand tweeted by the president’s former marketing campaign supervisor Brad Parscale in early June – that toymaker Lego had withdrawn police-themed merchandise.
Lego responded on the time to make clear that none of its units had been faraway from sale.
While the press secretary’s statements about Paw Patrol and Lego merchandise had been incorrect, the TV collection Cops and Live PD have each been cancelled in current weeks – though each had confronted controversy.
Cops, which had run for greater than three many years, had been strongly criticised over its portrayal of policing and the ethics of the way it was filmed. The podcast Running With Cops investigated the collection final yr, and located that many suspects had not given their consent to seem within the present and that the programme misrepresented policing within the US.
Live PD was one other US actuality TV programme that adopted police on patrol. The A&E community paused transmission of the collection after George Floyd’s demise earlier than cancelling it in June, following reviews it had filmed an incident between police and an African-American man, which resulted in his demise.
What’s occurring in Oregon?
Earlier this week, President Trump mentioned he would ship a “surge” of federal brokers to a few US cities in what he says is a crackdown on crime.
But the deployment of federal troops in Portland, Oregon has brought about controversy.
There have been reviews that federal officers carrying navy fatigues have been driving round in unmarked automobiles and arbitrarily arresting protesters within the metropolis, which has seen every day protests over the demise of George Floyd.
Portland’s mayor – who together with the governor of Oregon has referred to as for the troops to go away the town – was tear-gassed throughout one demonstration on Wednesday.
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