Nickelodeon Draws Backlash for Segment on ‘Environmental Racism’

The children’s television network Nickelodeon has come under fire from parents after airing a segment for Earth Day claiming that “environmental racism” is playing a role in alleged “climate change,” as reported by Fox News.

The segment in question features a reporter from CBS News, Jamie Yuccas, asking why some major American cities deal with more pollution and unhealthy air quality than others. Yuccas claimed, without any evidence, that such cities are “examples of environmental racism, a form of systemic racism where minority and low-income communities are surrounded by health hazards because they live near sewage, mines, landfills, power stations, and major roads.”

Nickelodeon’s official Twitter account subsequently reposted video of the segment. But a wave of online backlash ensued, with Townhall editor Matt Vespa calling it “left-wing drivel.” The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra simply wrote “You’re cowards, Nickelodeon.” The Daily Caller’s Logan Hall asked “what’s the market for this? It’s a children’s cartoon [channel],” before adding “Nothing is sacred.”

In response to the criticism, Nickelodeon’s Twitter disabled the ability to reply to the controversial tweet.

The channel, which airs such popular shows as Spongebob Squarepants, has faced criticism for airing left-wing propaganda in recent months. Last June, there was another uproar over the network’s decision to weigh in on the far-left race riots by the domestic terrorist group Black Lives Matter, with Nickelodeon taking the side of the rioters. The network aired a black screen with the words “I can’t breathe” for nearly 9 minutes, in reference to the claim that George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, even though Floyd actually died of a fentanyl overdose.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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