A+E Networks Cancels "Live PD" on A&E after Protests but Leaves Racist History Channel Shows on the Air
I outlined the many reasons History programs are insensitive and offensive last week.
A&E issued a statement after canceling Live PD:
This is a critical time in our nation’s history and we have made the decision to cease production on Live PD. […] Going forward, we will determine if there is a clear pathway to tell the stories of both the community and the police officers whose role it is to serve them. And with that, we will be meeting with community and civil rights leaders as well as police departments.
According to Deadline, the decision came less from altruistic reasons than from the vehemence of protestors demanding police reform. In other words, the problem was the optics of policing, not actual concern for minorities. Indeed, the show’s host, Dan Abrams, and producers disagreed with the network’s decision and claimed they would “fight for you,” the audience, to continue to broadcast law enforcement as a form of entertainment. Of course, we already have that—it’s called CBS.
This, however, explains why Ancient Aliens and its ilk haven’t fallen victim to the slow purge of racially insensitive programming. The racism isn’t the problem, only the optics of it. The aesthetics of antiquity coat History’s pseudo-documentaries a glossy mirage of truth that insulate them from the consequences of their own irresponsible speculation.
Plus, History has a predominantly older white audience, while A&E has a broader and more diverse audience, who are more likely to tune out insensitive programs as public opinion shifts.
If you would like to put pressure on the History Channel to do the right thing, you can contact their nine biggest advertisers (listed below in alphabetical order) and ask them to join responsible companies in pulling their ads from insensitive and damaging programs:
6/12/2020 08:44:29 am
It didn't help LIVE PD that during the discussion on what to do with the show moving forward it came to light that LIVE PD deleted footage of a officer shooting and killing an unarmed man during a stop.
6/12/2020 09:27:56 am
"... it remains dumbfounding that the History Channel refuses to compromise on its unwavering support for Ancient Aliens, which routinely strips nonwhite people of their cultural achievements..."
6/12/2020 11:46:27 am
What you are implying is kinda like saying Hitler had untold amounts of white Aryan people killed, therefore he wasn't racist.
6/12/2020 11:58:05 am
I view the History channel's actions as a breach of trust, masquerading as an educational channel while collecting money for showing racist nonsense.
6/12/2020 12:45:29 pm
Thanks for remembering to add anti-semitism to the list!
6/12/2020 02:02:39 pm
Which is the sort of stretch is takes to say Ancient Aliens is racist. And you can get there in a esoterically sort of way; but not one advertisers are likely to follow.
6/12/2020 04:17:31 pm
Also Nikola Tesla and Leonardo Da Vinci got his ideas from aliens. So Ancient Aliens is anti-white as well:)
6/12/2020 06:58:49 pm
You assume they have non-racist shows somewhere.
6/12/2020 08:05:16 pm
"Insensitive" is used 4 times. Where did the bee come from and how does the bonnet fit? I live within sight of a Burger King and love the charcoal broiled. Insure with Geico but Liberty Bibberty is in the running. Shop at Home Depot. The idea that one can control the television through the mail is an illusion.
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