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Online Mob Now Targeting ‘Paw Patrol’

Online Mob Now Targeting ‘Paw Patrol’

If you’re after helpful, fictional, animated puppies, you might want to rethink your life choices.

This is peak idiocracy, or at least I’d like to think it is.

The online mob is now targeting the popular kid’s cartoon, PAW Patrol, which depicts puppies in various rescue vehicles as part of a helpful crew. Each puppy has a special way of helping.

We watch this show often. Our three-year-old loves it, as does just about every three-year-old who has seen it. It’s cute. Colorful. Entertaining. And the message is always working as a team to help others.

So of course the June of Riots has rendered PAW Patrol contentious programming.

From the New York Times:

“Paw Patrol” is a children’s cartoon about a squad of canine helpers. It is basically a pretense for placing household pets in a variety of cool trucks. The team includes Marshall, a firefighting Dalmatian; Rubble, a bulldog construction worker; and Chase, a German shepherd who is also a cop. In the world of “Paw Patrol,” Chase is drawn to be a very good boy who barks stuff like “Chase is on the case!” and “All in a police pup’s day!” as he rescues kittens in his tricked-out S.U.V.

But last week, when the show’s official Twitter account put out a bland call for “Black voices to be heard,” commenters came after Chase. “Euthanize the police dog,” they said. “Defund the paw patrol.” “All dogs go to heaven, except the class traitors in the Paw Patrol.”

It’s a joke, 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. 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. “Paw Patrol” seems harmless enough, and that’s the point: The movement rests on understanding that cops do plenty of harm.

PAW Patrol runs on both Nickelodeon and their pre-school channel, Nick Jr. Nickelodeon is as woke a channel as exists and always chimes in on cultural matters, even blacking out their channel for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, “in support of justice, equality, and human rights.”

The official PAW Patrol Twitter account, went silent to “give access for Black voices to be heard so we can continue to listen and further our learning.”

But it’s not the first time this year PAW Patrol has made political headlines.

In February, a professor at King’s College wrote a paper making a case that PAW Patrol is potentially damaging to littles because it portrays government in a negative light. Futher, and making the whole “cancel PAW Patrol” thing even more problematic, is that he argued PAW Patrol was a privately funded law enforcement stand-in, which is a bad thing, in his view.

Liam Kennedy’s two-year-old son isn’t allowed to watch Paw Patrol.

“He has now internalized my feelings about the series and knows that we don’t in fact watch Paw Patrol in our house,” said the King’s University College professor in an interview with London Morning‘s Rebecca Zandbergen.

Kennedy, on the other hand, has spent a lot of time watching the wildly popular children’s series in his office at work, dissecting what he sees as the show’s underlying messages. The outcome of that research has just been published in the journal, Crime Media Culture. It’s called “‘Whenever there’s trouble. Just yelp for help’: Crime, Conservation and Corporatization in Paw Patrol.”

Paw Patrol, an animated series that began in 2013, is about a group of do-good dogs who are led by a 10-year old boy, named Ryder. Together they rescue various people who find themselves in tricky situations. The show has spawned a run on franchise toys, as well as a travelling stage show.

“I’ll start with the depiction of the state. Mayor Humdinger and Mayor Goodway — kind of the representatives of the state or the government — are portrayed negatively,” Kennedy explained.

“Mayor Humdinger is portrayed as unethical or corrupt. Mayor Goodway as hysterical, bumbling, incompetent.”

Plus, Kennedy takes issue with Paw Patrol as a kind of stand-in for a government-funded police force. “I would argue that the Paw Patrol, as a private corporation, is used to help provide basic social services in the Adventure Bay community.

“That’s problematic in that the Paw Patrol creators are sending this message that we can’t depend on the state to provide these services.”

Not to mention, Ryder should be in school, Kennedy added.

Kennedy said it’s possible these kinds of messages affect the children who watch the program.

“I just think that as time goes on, children might be less likely to critique the capitalist system that causes environmental harm in the first place and reproduces inequality,” Kennedy said.

But what about the “No job is too big, no pup is too small” message so often quoted on the show? Kennedy has a problem with that too.

“To me that’s an individualist message. Pull up your boot straps, you can do it if you just try hard enough. That kind of message ignores structural barriers in our society and not everyone can do it,” he said.

“The Paw Patrol creators are sending this message that we can’t depend on the state to provide these services.” But yes, let’s defund the police.

The mob cannot be appeased, neither will any amount of capitulation and penance for thought crimes ever be enough for the left. Ever. They will always want more.

Every single law enforcement-centric show could be cancelled and the people mad about PAW Patrol would still be angry. And then all the networks would collapse because people love them some crime drama.

They could have absolutely everything they’re demanding, everything they claim will bring an end to _____ injustice and it won’t be good enough or pure enough, etc. Why is that? Hint: It’s not about ideology nor justice. It’s not about racism or law enforcement.

In the event you’re interested, an episode (which happens to feature a black, female mayor):

But seriously, if you’re after helpful, fictional, animated puppies, and view them as emblematic of great evil, you might want to rethink your life choices.


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The Livewire | June 10, 2020 at 5:20 pm


nordic_prince | June 10, 2020 at 5:22 pm

Leftists/”progressives” destroy EVERYTHING they touch.

Capitulating to them is a fool’s errand, for there will never be a point at which they say “enough.”

The big change isn’t that we have whiners always looking for “microaggressions”. It isn’t even that the grievance industry pays well. It’s that everybody is suddenly paying attention to these mental defectives, and surrendering to them wholesale. They themselves have absolutely no power to destroy civilized society, but the people who do are taking marching orders from these fruitcakes. Very weird.

JusticeDelivered | June 10, 2020 at 5:47 pm

My grandchildren will not have their Paw Patrol interrupted. I have plenty of DVDs. I am also going to introduce them to, and get them hooked on the cartoons I grew up watching. There are consequences for not having any common sense or backbone.

Ayn Rand understated the situation.

MoeHowardwasright | June 10, 2020 at 6:04 pm

My 3yr old grandson loves Paw Patrol. Since he lives in Seattle, I’ll have to get him even more Paw Patrol toys, DVD’s, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.. I also have the complete 3 Stooges dvd set. I’ll start him on that at age 5. May have to dig out the only Looney Tunes and introduce him to Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd. The ones with guns!

I’ll have to check out Paw Patrol. It’s got to be better than VeggieTales!

“ This is peak idiocracy, or at least I’d like to think it is.”

Today it is. Tomorrow?

Close The Fed | June 10, 2020 at 7:26 pm

We are expected to tolerate insanity and extraordinary viciousness so that dems can get their black voters worked up to vote.

I never thought my opinion of them could be any lower. But they reached for a shovel and dug deeper, so that I could.

And Jeff Bezos and others like him are so loathesome to encourage all of this.

He’s got enough money. Pelosi has enough money. Why isn’t he satisfied with what he’s got, rather than wrecking America to make a marginal amount more? What is psychologically wrong with these people? They clearly don’t identify as Americans.

I remember being despondent and grief-stricken when the kenyan was elected. This is like him being elected all over again, every day.

I understand Trump doesn’t want to assert federal authority, he wants to let the dems own the destruction they’ve caused, but can’t any GOP member stir themselves to identify and stop the patients from running the asylum?

My God, what sadness fills me in all of this…

MAN, the left was locked and loaded, ready for this day.

So organized.

How did the FBI not see this coming? Oh…yeah.

It’s apparent to anyone with a brain that the FBI needs to be done away with and an new federal investigative agency formed.
The FBI is fetid, personified by Christopher Wray.

It’s interesting how the ‘left’ hasn’t said a negative word about the FBI or Wray. Being the FBI is such a corrupt joke, why should they?

    Close The Fed in reply to | June 10, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Yes, and since the right believes in and has invested in civil society, they don’t want to organize like this.

    They are organized in civic clubs and the like and see no need for this.

    And we are being chased into it.

    And the internet — it’s a new medium, and we could use a constitutional amendment concerning it, to ensure Americans are blocked from access to sites.

“But seriously, if you’re after helpful, fictional, animated puppies, and view them as emblematic of great evil…”

Your alma mater should consider withdrawing your degree. But in these times, it’s more likely to present him with an award.

“peak idiocracy”

No such luck.

drednicolson | June 10, 2020 at 10:21 pm

Chase has never actually arrested anybody in the show, let alone jailed them. Half the time he’s “Spy Chase” with a different gear set, because you can only make being a traffic cop look interesting for so many episodes.

Seems anything that symbolizes lawful authority, even a kids’ CGtoon character, is anathema to leftilibral sentiment.

Things are getting totally out of hand. First HBO Max takes the classic Gone With The Wind out of its library. Then Cops series is cancelled. Now, Paw Patrol is being attacked. The more the media outlets respond to the radical’s demands the more demands will be issued. Why do a few get to control what the country watches? Media executives need to get a spine!

I’m sure that at least part of this was funded from the $750 million Obama arranged to be delivered to Dim front groups.

To bad Trump didn’t do something similar to conservative groups before this election.

BierceAmbrose | June 12, 2020 at 12:34 pm

So, people — er, pups — doing stuff to look out for others, each other, and themselves is a message too terrible to be allowed.

It’s like they want to keep everyone desparing, paralyzed, n helpless, including starting programming kids that way.

BierceAmbrose | June 12, 2020 at 12:39 pm

Professor Problematic, says some notions are not to be permitted:

– That there are boneheads in govt sometimes cannot be permitted.

– That people can do for themselves.

– That individuals choose n do things vs. being little amoeba extrusions of race, class, “generation”, historical imperitive, what?