While the late night evangelist and host of HBO Last Week Tonight with John Oliver No stranger to making quirky claims against his ideological opponents, rarely are his goals as unusual as the latest entity to draw his anger, law & Order.
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Premiered on NBC on 12 September 1990, law & Order is a televised police procedural-slash-legal drama that focuses on the lives and duties of various law enforcement officers.
One of the most famous representatives of the genre, the Dick Wolf-produced series has proven so popular over the past 31 years that it has spawned several successful spin-offs, including criminal Intent And Special Victims Unit.
In its September 11 episode of last week tonightOliver took aim at the police-centric franchise not because of its quality, but because of its portrayal of officers.
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according to him, law & Order Gives Americans the false impression that police officers are successful in reducing crime in high-crime neighborhoods because it does not expose the “corruption and systemic racism” of the US justice system.
“The criminals on the show are disproportionately white, male, older and from the middle or upper class,” he said. “The result of all these creative decisions is that instead of presenting a flawed system plagued by structural racism, the show presents exceptionally competent cops operating within a largely fair framework that mostly convicts white people. settles.”
“I know it’s for fun, and I’m honestly, I’m not telling you not to watch it,” he would later attempt to claim, though just 30 minutes into how damning the show was. Despite going on a rant. “It’s totally okay to enjoy it, and it’s totally understandable to want [the character of] Olivia Benson does exist, but it’s important to remember how far it is from anything like reality. ,
“That’s it law & Order doing,” he confirmed. “It is presenting a world where the police can always find out who did it, defense lawyers are scrambling to remove the troubling roadblocks, and even if a cop messes up a subject. Lets, then it’s all looking for a proper result, and it explodes that fantasy endless re-runs, marathons, under the guise of very well-constructed, extremely entertaining TV.”
“But beneath that, it’s a commercial. And a commercial produced by a man [Dick Wolf] Oliver concluded, which, in his own words, is pro-law enforcement. “And he’s very good at selling things, and in this instance, he’s selling a whole fantasy that a lot of people in this country are just too happy to buy.”
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This isn’t the first time Oliver has spoken out on the topic of “systemic racism,” nor is it the first time he’s used his show to criticize US police officers.
In April 2021, speaking about the then recent shoots Adam ToledoLate at night Pandit perpetuated the lie – especially at a time where believing the said lie could have led to riots and violence across the country – that “black people, they continue to be trampled on by the police to get paid. “
“If you watch the news all this week, you’re probably tired,” he continued. “Black people in America are definitely not only from this week, but, you know, everything.”
“The fact is, it has been made abundantly clear once again that we, and when I say that, I mean that white America needs to stop talking about fundamental change in policing and really do that. Because this cycle of state violence against black people has to stop,” he declared. “So put on your shoes, leave home, march in the streets, and demand a better country in which black people are treated with fundamental respect.” be dealt with.”
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