‘Law and Order: SVU’ executive producer reveals one episode this season will be inspired by the George Zimmerman trial and Paula Deen controversy.
The Trayvon Martin case and Paula Deen the scandal both made huge headlines, and “SVU” will be combining the two this fall in one episode.
Black America Web reports:
Executive Producer Warren Leight also confirmed that elements of New York’s ‘Stop & Frisk’ policies will be woven throughout the episode and that “tough questions” would be asked:
“Is racial profiling justifiable? Can self-defense involve racial profiling? We’re diving right into that,’ he said. ‘Can that happen in New York? Absolutely.”
SVU infamously tackled the Chris Brown and Rihanna domestic violence controversy in a February episode that drew wide-spread criticism. And the upcoming Deen-Martin story-line is sparking passionate debate even before it airs.
‘When the script was published it became a litmus test for everybody here,’ Leight said. ‘It was really interesting to see people read that script and have different interpretations about who did what and whether or not they deserved prison for it. It was fascinating.’
The Law & Order SVU episode is scheduled to be the third of the season, and according to Buzzfeed, is titled, “An American Tragedy.