You don't need me to tell you that these are perilous times. The culture war that a short time ago was about children of privilege worried about microaggressions at $60,000/year universities and such is now a full-on, deadly serious reckoning. The bill for all of America's sins, past and present, are coming due. The fractures are all around us. On social media, if you stick your head up over the rocks to take a look around, you run the risk of getting your hat shot off.
So in these contentious times, it should be some comfort to know that the front lines of this social upheaval don't extend to computer animated, anthromorphic first responder pets. Apparently the reports everyone is freaking out about, that Nickelodeon's "Paw Patrol" is getting canceled, are fake news.
In fact, if the reports themselves sounded like something from The Onion, it's for a good reason. They did have it first.
While the number one parody news site in the world was using "Paw Patrol" to make a satirical point, that didn't stop people from buying into the belief it was real and spreading the news.
Decider - The complicated brouhaha started last week, when the official Paw Patrol account tweeted a message in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
This is where things get dicey. On Wednesday, The New York Times‘ Amanda Hess called out the show’s depiction of canine crime helpers and acknowledged that the Paw Patrol protests, while a joke, come from the right place. “The effort to publicize police brutality also means banishing the good-cop archetype, which reigns on both television and in viral videos of the protests themselves,” writes Hess. “Paw Patrol seems harmless enough, and that’s the point: The movement rests on understanding that cops do plenty of harm.”
Hess’ piece does not linger long on Paw Patrol; instead, it hinges on the far-ranging consequences of a variety of different cop shows, from Brooklyn Nine-Nine to Law & Order. But the initial focus on Paw Patrol seemed to be enough for prominent Republicans, who eagerly tweeted out the article on Wednesday night. …
This is a long story with a short answer: as of now, Paw Patrol is not being cancelled despite the fake “protests” against it. In fact, Nickelodeon just renewed the series for an eighth season in February, and a theatrical film Paw Patrol: The Movie is currently scheduled for an August 2021 release.
Well that settles that. Stand down, culture warriors. The country is in chaos. None of our civic institutions have any faith in each other. We're divided, probably permanently. And we may not recognize the nation in a few months. Oh, and much of us are still in lockdown and in the throes of economic collapse that may not hit bottom for a while. But at least grown men can rest assured that the adventures of a plucky boy, his intrepid German Shepherd K-9 pal and their impish Dalmatian fire dog buddy in a magical cartoon realm will continue.
So go find something else to panic about. Which shouldn't be hard. It's pretty much a target rich environment for that.