Pawpaganda

An Ontario criminology professor says Paw Patrol is pro-capitalist, pro-free-enterprise and anti-government propaganda, and I actually kind of love Paw Patrol now.

“I’ll start with the depiction of the state. Mayor Humdinger and Mayor Goodway — kind of the representatives of the state or the government — are portrayed negatively,” Kennedy explained.

“Mayor Humdinger is portrayed as unethical or corrupt. Mayor Goodway as hysterical, bumbling, incompetent.”

Can’t imagine where they would have gotten that idea.

Plus, Kennedy takes issue with Paw Patrol as a kind of stand-in for a government-funded police force. “I would argue that the Paw Patrol, as a private corporation, is used to help provide basic social services in the Adventure Bay community.

“That’s problematic in that the Paw Patrol creators are sending this message that we can’t depend on the state to provide these services.”

Not to mention, Ryder should be in school, Kennedy added.

Can you imagine how bored a child genius like Ryder would be in school?

Kennedy said it’s possible these kinds of messages affect the children who watch the program.

“I just think that as time goes on, children might be less likely to critique the capitalist system that causes environmental harm in the first place and reproduces inequality,” Kennedy said.

We’ll know how thoroughly the Paw Patrol generation has been brainwashed 40-odd years from now, when governments are building giant golden statues of chickens to boost their economies.