Black Lives Matter and the COVID-19 pandemic will be making their debut on the hit NBC series “Law & Order: SVU,” with future episodes tackling “Karens,” racial profiling, and police brutality, according to Ice-T, who has played Detective Odafin Tutuola for 20 years.
Speaking with TMZ, Ice-T said that the show will be living up to its reputation of ripping from the headlines with some timely episodes.
“We’re hitting it head-on. When we come back, we come back right in the midst of the pandemic. So, you’re gonna see us in masks. You’re gonna be seeing us social distance,” he said.
Ice-T elaborated that his own character will be struggling with the reality of having killed a black man and questioning whether or not he can continue as a police officer.
Since the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer, cop shows have been under tremendous pressure to feature episodes dealing with police brutality and racial profiling. In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Alyssa Rosenberg argued that such shows should be canceled entirely.
“There’s no question that it would be costly for networks and studios to walk away from the police genre entirely,” Rosenberg wrote. “Canceling Dick Wolf’s ‘Chicago’ franchise of shows would wipe out an entire night of NBC’s prime-time programming; dropping ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ and a planned spinoff would cut even further into the lineup.”
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