Brace yourself ladies, gentlemen, and anything in between because Nickelodeon did something horrible. On Wednesday, they went off-air for an entire 17 minutes, forcing parents who use their televisions as babysitters to be parents for that time.
Right-wing blowhard “RavenPatriot” whined on Twitter that this banner appeared on her TV screen in place of about half of an episode of Paw Patrol:
During the airing of PawPatrol on Nickelodeon this popped up. Not only did both of my little ones start crying because they don’t know why the one show I let the watch in the morning was not on but @Nickelodeon you pissed this Mom off! Don’t drag my toddlers into this! pic.twitter.com/hSm9fAVJHy
— RavenPatriot (@cheechablunt) March 14, 2018
Oh, the horror!
It wasn’t just Nickelodeon that went off-air to support students protesting for their right not to get gunned down by assault rifles in math class. Many Viacom networks went off the air, including Comedy Central, BET, TV Land and MTV.
“This generation continues to be the driving force for change,” Viacom’s executive vice president of global inclusion, Marva Smalls, said in a press release. “With more than 17 young people dying from gun violence every single day, unfortunately, no community is safe.
”We believe it’s critical to support the inspiring efforts of our youth, who are literally fighting for their lives,” Smalls said. “Viacom also has a responsibility to our audiences to do everything we can to elevate the many brave and bold activists to help them extend the reach and impact of their voices in this important movement.”
RavenPatriot spent much of the rest of the thread promoting #WalkUpNotOut, the “all lives matter” of school shooting related hashtags.
If it’s good intention then why not take 17 minutes to support #walkup instead of going silent for walk out
— RavenPatriot (@cheechablunt) March 15, 2018
Naturally, everyone kind of had no choice but to mock her:
Let me get this straight…you as a parent…are bent because Nickelodeon is supporting students & their plea…and it interrupted toddler tv time.
You don’t have any shows on DVR, Netflix, Amazon (Et Al), DVD, Blu-ray or VHS that they could watch for 17 mins?
— Higgins is my Homie (@Netzer_r) March 14, 2018
“Don’t drag my kids into the real world where thousands of kids are being killed by guns”!
— Jimmy👏Lee👏Clark👏 (@TrapRegent) March 14, 2018
I live in Colorado, which has paid a high price for assault rifles. I know your toddlers can’t understand, but I promise it’s much harder to explain active shooter drills —or deaths — in a few years. So thank you, @Nickelodeon
— (((Merredith))) (@Merredith) March 14, 2018
As a mom of littles it would be quiet anyway if something happened to your child like what happened to those 17 kids and others like at Sandy Hook. Paw Patrol will show a repeat the next day, also, you know, change the channel.
— Holly (@hollysglad) March 15, 2018
In this day and age your saying you had no content you could stream for your kids for 17minutes?
— Rich Miner (@richminer) March 15, 2018
There are other channels with kids cartoons. 17 people lost their lives I’m sure your kids will be fine without 17 minutes of cartoons.
— bean🐲 (@sstrawbe33yy) March 16, 2018
I mean ffs, you have to parent for another 17 minutes, the travesty!! The audacity that a children’s channel would be supportive of children. Color me shocked but hey your kids didn’t get killed while at school so why do you care right? Riiiggghhttttt
— Cami Lynn (@MoonsOverMyCami) March 15, 2018
Perhaps instead of being so concerned your children missed 17 minutes of television, be more concerned that 17 people (mostly children) lost the rest of their lives.
— DisneyPrincess 🌈 (@OzGoofyPrincess) March 15, 2018
Give them whatever device you are using to tweet this tweet and let them watch paw patrol from YouTube on your device. Problem solved. Too many people are missing the point of everything everyone has done. Your children can go 17 minutes without a tv show I promise they’ll be ok.
— caitlyn 💐🐰 (@cait_nicole28) March 15, 2018
We hope that our nation’s children can recover from this horrific 17-minute loss of Paw Patrol.