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Why is #RIPCartoonNetwork Trending? Is CN Actually Shutting Down?

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The hashtag #RIPCartoonNetwork recently surged on X (formerly Twitter), fueled by concerns over reports suggesting the imminent closure of Cartoon Network. The trend originated from a post by ‘Animation Workers Ignited,’ where an animated clip lamented the state of Cartoon Network, claiming it is “essentially dead” and predicting similar fates for other animation studios. The post highlighted widespread layoffs within the animation industry, citing prolonged unemployment among workers who sustained the industry during the pandemic.

“The studios operated remotely during Covid, ensuring uninterrupted production, yet they responded by canceling projects, outsourcing jobs, and conducting mass layoffs,” the clip stated, attributing these actions to corporate greed and cost-cutting measures that benefit executives.

The viral clip garnered over three million views in under four hours, prompting social media users to reminisce about their favorite Cartoon Network shows under the #RIPCartoonNetwork hashtag.

“Courage The Cowardly Dog will always be a favorite! It’s disheartening to hear about the mistreatment of animators. I hope they find employment soon!” commented one user.

“I’ll never forget ‘The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy’ episode where they tried to make her smile,” wrote another.

Despite mounting speculation fueled by the hashtag, it’s important to clarify that ‘Animation Workers Ignited’ is using #RIPCartoonNetwork to spotlight industry issues rather than confirm the channel’s closure. Cartoon Network continues its operations, with recent adjustments and new program developments indicating ongoing efforts to navigate industry challenges.