The issue of ‘cancel culture’ is complex, but here is where some Hollywood stars land on the topic.
The Nickelodeon show “PAW Patrol” isn’t going anywhere, despite White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s suggestion otherwise.
Toward the end of Friday’s press briefing, McEnany claimed that the series about cartoon rescue dogs “was canceled” while describing President Donald Trump’s stance against cancel culture.
According to McEnany, Trump is “appalled by cancel culture, and cancel culture specifically as it pertains to cops.”
“We saw a few weeks ago that ‘PAW Patrol,’ a cartoon show about cops, was canceled,” she said. “The show ‘Cops’ was canceled. ‘Live PD’ was canceled. LEGO halted the sales of their LEGO City Police Station.”
McEnany continued: “It’s really unfortunate, because I stand with, and the president stands with, the 63% of Americans who think police officers are one of the most important jobs in this country.”
Though “Live PD” and “Cops” were pulled from the air in June, “PAW Patrol” has not been canceled, Nickelodeon’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications David Bittler told USA TODAY.
The “PAW Patrol” Twitter account also confirmed this in a tweet on Friday, telling followers there’s “no need to worry.”
LEGO’s City Police Station set is currently listed as a retired product on the company’s website, but the company has other police-themed sets, including a different City Police Station, available for purchase. LEGO’s Senior Director of Brand Relations Michael McNally told USA TODAY that the company retires products as new items are introduced and that the company did not halt the sale of any LEGO sets.
USA TODAY has reached out to McEnany for further comment.
The depiction of police officers in media has come under scrutiny following nationwide protests and riots sparked by the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police in May.
Following Floyd’s death, A&E canceled “Live PD,” which premiered in 2016 and was in its fourth season. The decision came a day after the network acknowledged that the show had destroyed video of a Black man’s death during a 2019 police stop in Texas.
A&E issued a statement to USA TODAY at the time, explaining its decision to pull the show while leaving the door open to future programming that involves police.
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“This is a critical time in our nation’s history and we have made the decision to cease production on ‘Live PD,'” the statement read. “Going forward, we will determine if there is a clear pathway to tell the stories of both the community and the police officers whose role it is to serve them.”
Paramount Network made a similar decision, canceling stalwart reality series “Cops” just one day after it was supposed to have its Season 33 premiere.
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“Cops” was a pioneer in the law enforcement docuseries format, premiering in 1989 on Fox, where it aired for 25 seasons. It survived an earlier cancellation, moving to Spike, which relaunched as Paramount Network in 2018. It had a six-season run on those cable networks.
In the wake of Floyd’s death, LEGO paused advertising for products including police stations, city police vests and the White House, though the company did not pull the products from sale at the time.
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Contributing: Bill Keveney, Josh Rivera
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