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Cartoon Network Shutdown Sparks Outrage: Animation Industry Faces Layoffs Amid Viral Video Controversy

The hashtag #RIPCartoonNetwork trended on X (formerly Twitter), alarming fans amid speculation about the channel's closure. Posted by 'Animation Workers Ignited,' the viral video

Edited By : Swechchha | Updated: Jul 9, 2024 20:45 IST
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The sudden trend of ‘RIPCartoonNetwork’ on X (formerly Twitter) has shocked fans amid reports suggesting the channel might “shut down.” The hashtag gained traction after a Twitter handle named ‘Animation Workers Ignited’ posted a video captioned “Cartoon Network is dead?!?!” The viral post also highlighted impending layoffs in the animation industry affecting other studios.

The viral video reveals the near disappearance of Cartoon Network, with other studios closely following suit. It also addresses animation workers, predicting a record number of job losses and noting that many have already been unemployed for over a year.

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As the video progresses, it states, ‘That’s right, when COVID first hit, animation could operate entirely remotely, making it one of the few entertainment forms that could continue production without interruption. However, studios opted to respond by canceling projects, outsourcing jobs, and laying off artists on a large scale.’

The video also accused major studios of acting out of greed, cutting costs through reduced spending and layoffs, while CEOs and executives continue to benefit. It criticized their profit-driven motives and highlighted the disparity in benefiting themselves.

Furthermore, it encouraged viewers to take action by spreading awareness. It urged them to share posts about their beloved Cartoon Network shows using the hashtag RIP Cartoon Network. The video promised more ways to contribute to the cause, inviting followers to stay updated by following the account.

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First published on: Jul 09, 2024 04:20 PM IST

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