As America continues to grapple with the death of George Floyd, the rage that is being felt across the nation is manifesting itself in ever-more unique ways.
Some are focusing their efforts on exposing what they believe is systemic racism in many of America’s most entrenched institutions. Others are battling against what they see as a pattern of police brutality aimed at African Americans and other people of color.
And then there are the culture warriors, who are looking to sanitize the output of American media in response to this anti-racism revolution. One of the first targets of this crowd also happens to be one of the nation’s longest running television programs.
Cops — the long-running reality series following police officers on high-speed chases, drug busts, and other dangerous missions — has been cancelled after a more than 30-year run as anti-police sentiment continues to sweep through Hollywood following last month’s death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody.
The Paramount Network has decided not to bring Cops back after it put the show on hiatus last week in the midst of #BlackLivesMatter protests and growing demands to defund police departments around the country.
“Cops is not on the Paramount Network and we don’t have any current or future plans for it to return,” a network spokesperson told multiple outlets on Tuesday.
The ViacomCBS-owned cable channel has publicly supported the #BlackLivesMatter movement, saying in a recent tweet that “these racist and brutal attacks must end.”
Many have wondered if Live PD, a similar popular television program could be next.
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