Criminal Minds Petition: Save AJ Cook and Paget Brewster!

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Criminal Minds fans are angry.

Upon learing that A.J. Cook has been let go from the series, and that Paget Brewster will appear on a reduced number of season six episodes as Emily Prentiss, viewers are crying "sexism!" and expressing outrage over these casting decisions.

Unfortunately, little can be done about them at some point - but that isn't stopping dedicated viewers from trying.

A.J. Cook Promo Pic
Paget Brewster Promo Pic

An online petition has been created, which reads:

It is a travesty of modern society that a network would make such a blatantly sexist decision. Everywhere in the world, women are devalued for getting married, for taking our husbands' surnames, for having children, or for having only female children and no male children, or for simply being women...

A tad extreme? Perhaps. But we admire the passion and you can sign the petition HERE.

CBS is yet to comment on the controversy, but we'll continue to pressure the network for a response.

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Criminal Minds Quotes

Reid: There's an old Buddhist saying that, when you meet your soulmate, remember that the act to bring you together was 500 years in the making. So always appreciate and be kind to each other.
Lewis: That's lovely.
Reid: There's a corollary for friends. When you meet a true friend, you will be bound together though space and time for 500 years.

Hotch: A sniper can wait up to 72 hours without sleeping.
Mays: Seriously?
Rossi: That's part of their training. They can stay awake for 72 hours and remain completely focused on their target.
Mays: How?
Hotch: By using a mental exercise called "fantasy integration". A sniper creates a scenarios involving a target that keeps that person at the forefront of their mind.
Morgan: Often they'll imagine a place where they're with the target, doing something together that takes time. For example, building a car.
JJ: For some, the fantasy begins the minute they're assigned a target. Then nothing will distract them.