‘Cancel culture’ is a trend in which the masses withdraw their support or speak against a certain celebrity, show, or movie that has done something that does not agree with current social beliefs. This practice of canceling happens mostly on social media platforms. A lot of celebs, movies, and TV shows have become victims of this. Check out the list of the TV shows that were taken down by cancel culture.
The Dukes of Hazzard
The show – The Dukes of Hazzard was taken down by TV Land in July 2015. It was due to the way the TV show depicted the Confederate Flag. This happened after a white man, who was a fan of the Confederacy, murdered 8 black members of the South Carolina Church. The makers and cast were dismayed that the show had to be taken due to the terrible act of one individual.
South Park’s latest version has been released on HBO Max’s without five episodes. These five episodes were said to have depicted religious figures. Before this, the five episodes were made unavailable on other streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu as well. The TV show is known to have created controversial content on topics of religion and taboo. The creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker had also received threats for their depiction of Prophet Mohammad in 2010.
The Office has recently become another victim of the cancel culture when recently Comedy Central was forced to omit the “Diversity Day’ episode from a Sunday marathon of the TV show. The episode took a dig at the inclusion policy of the corporate world. Michael Scott forces his team to attend a seminar on racial diversity. In the seminar, the actor speaks in a made-up Indian accent and talks about the variety in Black people.
In 2018 ABC was planning to release a revived version of Roseanne, a popular TV show that was previously aired between 1988- 1997. The plan was canceled even after gaining high ratings for returning after two decades. The reason behind it? It was a controversial tweet by its star Roseanne Barr. The tweet was racist and targeted a Black woman, Valarie Jarrett, who was a senior advisor of Barack Obama. The actress did apologize but it was a little too late.
The reality TV show was canceled in June 2020, after being aired on the Paramount Network for six years, following the death of George Floyd. Cops was a non-scripted show that showed the American police patrolling in the cities, looking for criminals. It was first aired in 1989 on Fox and had 25 seasons. It was later restarted by Spike TV in 2013 and was carried over by Paramount network in 2018. After the controversial death of George Floyd, where people demanded a change in police-related laws, the show was taken off the air.