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The long-running reality series “Cops” saw its demise in the wake of George Floyd’s murder last spring, leading Paramount to cancel the show. Many have criticized the show for glorifying police violence; however, the show is slated to return on Fox Nation, a subscription-based streaming service run by Fox News Media.
Fox Nation recently secured 15 episodes from the show’s 32nd season while ordering new episodes for its 33rd season. The show takes viewers through a day in the life of officers on patrol, responding to calls, and making arrests that are, more often than not, rather violent.
On the other hand, Fox Nation President Jason Klarman is more than excited to bring the show back to life, “it’s one of the most iconic brands on television with an incredibly passionate fan base,” he said in a previous statement. He said that the company would “show our appreciation to all first responders” by offering them a free one-year subscription.
“Cops” made its debut during the initial 1989 premiere and quickly became a go-to show for many, as viewers were enthralled by the raw look at everyday police activities. That said, the show has also been substantially criticized for “dehumanizing people of color and distorting society’s view on the criminal justice system,” said the civil rights group Color of Change.
Fox Nation followed the announcement of the show’s return with a promise to donate $5 to a nonprofit called Answer the Call for each new subscriber who signs up between September 13th – 20th. Answer the Call provides financial support to the families of New York City first responders killed in the line of duty.
Although this does shine a light on rather tragic scenarios, we can’t help but feel that the return of “Cops” isn’t the best when it comes to social reform and bringing justice to people of color who’ve brutally witnessed discrimination and abuse from the law. We’ll have to keep an eye out for how the show’s return will play out with society as a whole.
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