The makers of PAW Patrol have confirmed that the popular show has not been cancelled after White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany erroneously claimed it had been pulled off air.
During a press conference on Friday, Ms McEnany said President Donald Trump was "appalled by cancel culture, and cancel culture specifically as it pertains to cops."
Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany: "Paw Patrol, a cartoon show about cops, was canceled. The show 'Cops' was canceled. 'Live PD' was canceled. Lego halted the sales of their Lego city police station." pic.twitter.com/UsfwbcXJ5D— The Hill (@thehill) July 24, 2020
"We saw a few weeks ago that 'PAW Patrol,' a cartoon show about cops, was cancelled," she said. "The show 'Cops' was cancelled. 'Live PD' was cancelled. LEGO halted the sales of their LEGO City Police Station."
She continued: "It's really unfortunate, because I stand with, and the president stands with, the 63 per cent of Americans who think police officers are one of the most important jobs in this country."
In a post to Twitter, the official PAW Patrol account reassured fans that they weren't going anywhere.
"No need to worry," they wrote. "PAW Patrol is not cancelled."
No need to worry. PAW Patrol is not canceled. 🐶— PAW Patrol (@pawpatrol) July 24, 2020
You might want to let @PressSec know so she can update that little notebook of hers.— denative302 🌈 (@ashleyrm) July 24, 2020
In June, the show's announcement that they would be muting their content until 7 June to "give access for black voices to be heard", was met with calls for one of its lead characters, Chase, a German Shepherd police dog, to be "euthanised".
"Turn in his badge," wrote one commenter.
"Defund Paw Patrol," said another.
"All dogs go to heaven except for those class traitors in the Paw Patrol."
You know what must be done pic.twitter.com/8y8W41ehH6— kim possible facts' Girlfriend (@hhhhuuuujj) June 10, 2020
Others stopped short of cancelling Chase, instead, calling on producers to donate to bail funds, hire BIPOC writers, animators, voice actors and reconsider Chase's police dog portrayal on the show.
New York Times critic Amanda Hess also took aim at her "pet peeve".
"It's a joke," she wrote. "But it's also not. As the protests against racist police violence enter their third week, the charges are mounting against fictional cops too. Even big-hearted cartoon police dogs - or maybe especially big-hearted cartoon police dogs are on notice."
According to Hess, the effort to publicise police brutality also means banishing the good-cop archetype. "Paw Patrol seems harmless enough, and that's point: The movement rest on understanding that cops do plenty of harm."
And, she argued, the good-cop act is wearing thin.
Sociologist Liam Kennedy also weighed in, noting that the popular show "reproduces problematic narratives about crime and punishment."
But not everyone agreed.
Hell no. @thetimes pop culture critic.... stop attacking @pawpatrol . It’s a dang kid show, plus dogs don’t know any better and there is literally NO violence on the damn show. Ridiculous. It’s based on heroic dogs. Stop it. Right now. #youregrounded— LeticiaBlanco (@lblanco1990) June 11, 2020
"If @nickjr cancels Paw Patrol, I will never allow my kids to watch another Nickelodeon show ever. We love this show and appreciate the kindness the characters display," one commenter added.
"Paw Patrol cannot go anywhere. Please. What a great show for my son, he loves all the character! Chase is NOT a dangerous character, he's a pup who saves his friends of ALL races. Nothing racist about this wonderful cartoon! Please don't get rid of Paw Patrol!!! Best show ever for kids!!!"
The popular show, which actress Keira Knightley once dubbed "toddler crack", was recently renewed for an eighth season. Meanwhile, Paw Patrol: The Movie will premiere in August 2021.