The Paw Patrol children’s program has not been canceled, its creators said, after the White House press secretary appeared to fall under the spell of the rumors.
Kayleigh McEnany said the show featuring cartoon dogs running a police department was among the programs and games that were being phased out due to “cancellation culture.”
But the series quickly reassured fans that there was “no need to worry.”
A number of police broadcasts in the United States have been removed following protests against alleged police brutality.
They follow the death of African American George Floyd while in custody in May. The US government has also been criticized for deploying federal troops in the city of Portland, Oregon.
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What did the press secretary say?
In Friday’s briefing, Ms McEnany said President Donald Trump was opposed to ‘canceling culture’ – a term for individuals or businesses facing rapid public backlash and boycott for offensive statements or actions – and “specifically with regard to cops”.
“We saw a few weeks ago that Paw Patrol, a cartoon show about cops, was canceled. Cops has been canceled, Live PD has been canceled, ”she said.
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She also reiterated a claim – previously tweeted by former President Brad Parscale’s campaign manager in early June – that the Lego toy maker had removed police-themed merchandise.
Lego responded at the time to clarify that none of its sets had been withdrawn from sale.
While the press secretary’s statements about Paw Patrol and Lego products were incorrect, both the Cops and Live PD TV series have been canceled in recent weeks – although both have been the subject of controversy.
The cops, who have run for more than three decades, have come under heavy criticism for their portrayal of the police and the ethics of the way it was filmed. The Running With Cops podcast investigated the show last year and found that many suspects had not given their consent to appear on the show and that the program misrepresented police in the United States.
Live PD was another American reality TV show that followed police on patrol. The A&E network suspended transmission of the series after George Floyd’s death before canceling it in June, following reports that it filmed an incident between police and an African-American man, which resulted in his death.
What’s going on in Oregon?
Earlier this week, President Trump said he would send a “wave” of federal agents to three US cities in what he calls a crackdown on crime.
But the deployment of federal troops to Portland, Oregon, has sparked controversy.
There have been reports that federal officers wearing military fatigues were driving in unmarked vehicles and arbitrarily arresting protesters in the town, which saw daily protests against the death of George Floyd.
The mayor of Portland – who along with the governor of Oregon has called on troops to leave the city – was gasified during a protest on Wednesday.