Reality police shows "Cops" and "Live PD" were canceled this week in the wake of widespread protests against police brutality. Both shows had long been controversial, garnering criticism for consistently depicting Black suspects against white cops and allegedly glorifying police.
The cancellations come in a moment of social unrest and upheaval in the entertainment industry, coinciding with HBO Max's decision to remove the 1939 Civil War-era film "Gone With the Wind" from its platform for its problematic depiction of the antebellum South.
NPR's Eric Deggans talks to host Peter O'Dowd about what the cancellations mean in this political moment.
This segment aired on June 12, 2020.