PAW Patrol is here to stay, despite calls for cancellation

Many called for the show’s cancellation in wake of the unrest in America

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: A "PAW Patrol" balloon floats during the 92nd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

The PAW Patrol pups are here to stay, according to a post on the TV show’s Twitter page on Friday.

The tweet appears to be in response to a comment made by White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany during Friday’s’ White House briefing about the “cancel culture,” specifically as it pertains to police officers.

“We saw a few weeks ago that PAW Patrol, a cartoon show about cops, was canceled,” McEnany said.

Later, she added, “The show ‘Cops’ was canceled, ‘Live PD’ was canceled. Lego halted the sales of their Lego City Police Station. It’s really unfortunate.”

Many on social media did call for PAW Patrol’s cancellation due to its positive portrayal of the police in wake of nationwide protests of racial injustice and police brutality.

The call for cancellation sparked after the show posted on its Twitter account in June, claiming it would be muting its content beginning June 2 through June 7 to “give access for Black voices to be heard so we can continue to listen and further our learning.”

PAW Patrol is a Nickelodeon’s children’s show that features six rescue dogs in training, with each one “inspired by a real-world job like firefighter, police officer and construction worker,” according to the show’s website.

The group is lead by 10-year-old Ryder who helps guide the pups on each of their missions as they work to help those in need, the show’s website said.

Much of the criticism of the show on social media was directed at the positive portrayal of Chase, a German Shepherd ‘pup hero’ that serves as a police and spy dog.

But while ‘Cops’ and ‘Live PD’ were canceled in the wake of police protests, it looks like the PAW Patrol gang still has their badges.

As for the Lego City Police Station, the product is still listed for sale on Lego’s website.

About the Author:

Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.