Canadian Cops Pull Out of U.S. Reality Show After Outcry Over Woman's Arrest THR
After agreeing to star in a U.S. reality show, Canada's famed Royal Canadian Mounted Police apparently got more than they bargained for, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"The RCMP has formally pulled out of the true-life series about policing the Yukon by True Entertainment, the maker of 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta,' after officers were filmed arresting an apparently intoxicated woman in Whitehorse on Wednesday night," the publication reports. "The incident, witnessed by locals as the cameras rolled, caused a public outcry over an American reality series turning rural poverty into trashy entertainment."
In a statement issued Thursday, David Gilbert, a spokesman for the police group, said: "While the RCMP believes it is important to convey the complexities of policing in the Yukon and highlight the successful relationships that make this possible, the RCMP has concluded that it is unable to continue to participate in this production."
THR adds: "The unnamed reality series started shooting on Aug. 10 'to capture the variety and uniqueness of policing in our territory,' Gilbert explained. But on Aug. 16, the RCMP temporarily suspended its participation in the reality series after initial community concerns."
As concerns over the project mounted, former Yukon MP Audrey McLaughlin told Canadian broadcaster CBC: "Don't the police have anything else to do? There are two police cars, two officers, a whole film crew for this one poor unfortunate woman."
The woman's arrest apparently was the last straw.
Gilbert said the RCMP has "taken the necessary steps to formally terminate our agreement with the production company."