L last summer, amid a wave of protests against overzealous police who In addition to police violence erupted, which only proved their necessity, the silver lining was meant to be the promise of lasting change. Judging by the passionate editorials flying all over the place, the protests had sparked a surge in general public awareness, with average Americans considering for the first time that there could be irreparable institutional rot at the root. national law enforcement. Statistics on disproportionate racial dynamics in arrests, harassment of peoplementally disabled people unable to defend themselves and other overwhelming views on work poured in, fundamentally altering the perception of the cop in the public imagination. The image of trustworthy and capable heroes forming a thin blue line between society and anarchy began to fade, and the hope was that a more sober review would take its place. /
There is no better indicator for this change presumed as Cops, the long-running television series documenting on-duty encounters between real-life fuzz and perps. For more than 30 years, the show has promoted the dedication and fearlessness of officers on camera while minimizing the damage caused by their aggressive methods, sometimes even with humor. The footage courted scandal throughout its airing, but objections that the show valued brutal protocolsnever held up until 2020. Its shortcomings and selective framing have been recognized to an unprecedented degree, forcing Paramount to read it th chamber and shoot the 33rd season . Those inclined to cultural analysis took it as a positive sign, a step on the road to enlightenment.
But there is a magical place where none of this progress has stopped, a never-never-land right that allows aggrieved conservatives to have their views blamed and asserted as unmistakably correct, in which recent developments in social justice may look more like a passing fad than a political evolutionary stage. Cops has found a home at within Fox News Media , announced this weekgroin as the new host for the new episodes of the series. (There are rumors that A & E's Live PD reality show may return as well.) Despite this ideological faction's mistrust of "snowflakes," the streaming platform Fox Nation will provide a safe space. not just for the temperamental television ownership, but for the increasingly outdated school of thought it represents.
Go back - Fox's country online means this latest iteration of Cops won't have to face the difficult question of what a human, mindful version of the show might look like. If they were taken on network television for mass consumption, the segments should reflect the reality we all know too well. It's hard to imagine, say, participating officers making a 5150 (mentally distressed suspect) call with a social worker.al or a healthcare professional and trying to defuse the situation rather than submit it. The spectacle cannot work in a world where a traffic stop looks less like a spectator's sport than the start of the most real-life horror of everyday life.
This dilemma begs the question of what is Cops for, functionally speaking. This is not about accurately portraying the truth of police work, or the rate of violent crime, sex work an And successful arrests would not be as numerous as they are depicted in the picture. screen. If this is to glorify the long arm of the law, this is a strange way to go, the police often behaving in a nervous and hostile manner that does not cast the badge in such a flattering light. . That only leaves the fun factor, the idea that there is an audience with a reliable desire to watch chases and tackles, even (or maybere especially) when they are at the expense of the unstable, the drunk and the helpless. Anyone with the mistaken impression that Cops 2.0 would adopt critical reforms would do well to note that Fox Nation has already offered all active police officers and first responders a free one-year subion to the service.
Just as giving the hook to the cops symbolized a trend reversal in American culture, the series' retreat to the welcoming refuge of the post-Trumpite media sphere also has significant significance. The divide between the polarized population of the United States continues to widen, accelerated by the availability of television and online content to strengthen any position you may choose. Marginal supporters can bunker down in their respective realities, split up and drift further and further away. Like all the pundits or celebrities denouncing the so-called cancellation culture, the cops literallynormally canceled ones can find refuge in the isolated but expanding universe of Fox News. There, time stops. The decision to cling to this era of unchecked authority only tightens the troubling bond between police departments across the country and the far right at the head of the Republican Party, which has finished grooming its wounds and return to consolidating its influence.