The Nickelodeon cartoon series “Paw Patrol” has faced criticism recently for how it portrays police officers.

What happened:

The New York Times critic Amanda Hess recently wrote about the show, saying there’s been criticism for how the show spreads positive messages about police officers. Some consider the show to be “copaganda.” The blacklash focuses specifically on how the show depicts “good cops.”

  • Hess wrote: “It was only a matter of time before the protests came for ‘Paw Patrol.’ 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 SUV.”
  • Hess wrote: “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.”
  • Hess wrote: “Cops can dance, they can hug, they can kneel on the ground, but their individual acts of kindness can no longer obscure the violence of a system. The good-cop act is wearing thin.”

Social media reacted

Much of Hess’ criticism comes from social media backlash to “Paw Patrol,” of which there is plenty. The show hasn’t exactly won favor with online critics in recent days, according to Fox News.

There was some consideration that Hess’ piece may have had a sense of satire, too.

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