Because of protests against police brutality and people calling for police reform, “copaganda” type shows like Cops and Live PD have been canceled. Well, no show is safe! Paw Patrol, a children’s show about a bunch of do-gooder dogs who help society with their problems, has been accused of forcing “copaganda” down our children’s throats through the use of Chase the police dog. And of course, The New York Times stirred this shit up.
Paw Patrol is about eight dogs–Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Skye, Rocky, Zuma, Everest, and Tracker–who go on rescue missions and adventures in the city of Adventure Bay. It’s a big hit for Nick Jr. and a movie is coming out in August 2021. People says that on June 2, Paw Patrol announced on Twitter that it was going on hiatus in solidarity with #AmplifyMelanatedVoices.
In solidarity of #amplifymelanatedvoices we will be muting our content until June 7th to give access for Black voices to be heard so we can continue to listen and further our learning. #amplifyblackvoices pic.twitter.com/NO2KeQjpHM
— PAW Patrol (@pawpatrol) June 2, 2020
That tweet was immediately flooded with comments, which of course ranged from “How could you bring politics into my chirrun’s programming?!” to “Yay! Thank you for doing the bare-minimum!” As always, the best comments were the ones that roasted the shit out of the situation. A big source of criticism of the show is Chase, whose role as a policeman makes him the leader of the other dogs for some reason, and the Internet was not going to let Chase continue un-checked. The internet is coming for you, Chase!
— anti-fascist alex (@anarchy_alex420) June 2, 2020
Arrest and prosecute Chase or STFU
— 🌴🕊 Stefan BC 🌹🏴 (@Stefan_BC) June 2, 2020
— Melo 6 (@JeffZagurski) June 2, 2020
Paw Patrol has definitely been called out in the past. There’s a whole Medium post about the authoritarianism and gender politics in it. But some people think that Paw Patrol is fine as-is, commenting:
“It’s a children’s show! It teaches [kids] to always lend a hand no matter who needs it. Stop making everything political and just be parents. Treat others the way you want to be treated.”
“A bunch of horrible people in these comments! You shame the human race. Chase should be the standard for a cop to follow, he’s a good dog.”
If we are at the point where we romanticize our cops behaving like fictional cartoon dogs, I think we’re in trouble.
So will children grow up to be cop apologists because of Paw Patrol? I watched Big Comfy Couch as a child, which starred Loonette The Clown, and I still think clowns are evil creatures from Hell–so I wasn’t influenced by that. Then again, I did also watch a lot of Sailor Moon and I’m not saying that watching a bunch of young girls transform into evil-fighting, magic-wielding, short-skirt-wearing badasses turned me into a slutty drag queen, but it certainly didn’t hurt.
And really, Paw Patrol should be canceled because of its earworm of a theme song:
Pic: Nickelodeon Jr.