Whatcha gonna do when they try to cancel you?
"Cops," a long-running staple of the Fox network, has come under fire from civil rights group ColorOfChange. The advocacy group is pushing for the cancellation of the series and for advertisers to withdraw support in protest against the "dehumanizing portrayals" of suspects depicted on the series.
The Hollywood Reporter outlined an e-mail the group is sending to supporters, in which they outline various flaws they see in the series. "Although marketed as unbiased, Cops actually offers a highly filtered version of crime and the criminal justice system — a 'reality' where the police are always competent, crime-solving heroes and where the bad boys always get caught," the e-mail read.
The e-mail continues, stating that the series skews representation of whites as police officers while under-representing minorities as authority figures, while also completely ignoring issues such as police misconduct. The group goes on to point to the series as a key player in media representations and enforcement of negative stereotypes, having real influence on how society views minorities. "Against the real-world backdrop of an American culture that views young men like Trayvon Martin and Jordan Russell Davis with suspicion," the email continues, "the stakes couldn't be higher."
The season finale of "Cops" airs May 4th on Fox. The network reportedly has not yet made a decision on whether it would be renewed for a 26th season, though the series has consistently delivered strong ratings at little expense.