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Abolition: For Your Consideration

pop justice takes on the 2022 74th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

pop justice is Scalawag's newsletter exploring the intersection of popular culture and justice—namely through abolition. Sign up here.

Scalawag launched pop justice to reckon with the way copaganda distorts our understanding of our criminal-legal system and ultimately stalls abolition. The slate of television shows up for nomination at the 2022 74th Primetime Emmy Awards are no exception. In this special edition of pop justice, we've invited writers to call out potentially award-winning copaganda of the last year—and to highlight abolitionist storylines lurking in our favorite shows.

Watch this space during and after TV's biggest night of the year for even more reviews and critiques of the nominees.

pop justice isn't about policing the media you consume (even you, true-crime bingers). Instead, we see pop culture as a relatable and—even enjoyable—entry point to tough and necessary conversations about abolishing the police state. Subscribe today so we can get free (and kiki) together:

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Abolition on TV: Pop Justice Wrapped

Evaluating how the carceral system showed up—and was dismantled—in the most popular shows of 2022.

The top shows of 2022 crafted new realms, drew parallels to social issues and, whether intentionally or not, illuminated many elements within broader policing structures. 

There are 'Stranger Things' than abolition, but the show won't go there.

"Shows like Stranger Things engage 'abolition-baiting.' They trade in the ideals, world-building, and emotional resonance of abolition… without ever calling themselves abolitionist."

The show promotes an implicitly abolitionist message: You shouldn't need police to keep you safe, or to solve problems that you and your community can solve with more nuance on your own.