The long-running TV show Cops, one of the first shows to expose an American audience to law enforcement in the field, has been cancelled by the Paramount Network after 32 seasons.
The network removed the show from its schedule amid protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd.I guess it won't be long before 'Police Interceptors' and other reality shows here in the UK come under fire too.
Cops, which debuted in 1989, had one of the longest runs in American television history and sparked a number of similar programs.
The show faced criticism over the years from those who said the program glorified police aggression and profited from suspects’ misfortune.It also showed pretty accurately who it is that commits crime. Which is, I suspect, its worst failing in the eyes of progressives...
In 2013, the civil rights group Color of Change began a campaign urging Fox to not renew the show and called on advertisers to withdraw support.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday evening, the group applauded the decision to cancel the show.
“Crime TV plays a significant role in advancing distorted representations of crime, justice, race & gender within culture & #Cops led the way, pushing troubling implications for generations of viewers,” the organization said in a statement attributed to Arisha Michelle, its vice-president and chief of campaigns.As I figured.