John Oliver lobbed harsh criticism in opposition to Dick Wolf on Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” arguing the producer’s long-running TV collection “Law & Order” was extra inquisitive about mythologizing the legal justice system than declaring its corruption.
Oliver stated the collection “makes a variety of selections that considerably distort the massive image of police,” like utilizing an countless roster of wealthy white characters the police can abuse with out repercussions. He argued this stealthily normalized police brutality, and famous it was an intentional choice by Wolf.
“Another excuse that we’ve so many wealthy, white perps is that there aren’t any wealthy, white man stress teams,” Wolf told The Baltimore Sun in 2003. “You are able to do something you need to wealthy, white guys, and no one cares. Actually.”
Oliver stated “Legislation & Order” basically served as propaganda for the police as a result of “as a substitute of depicting a flawed system riddled with structural racism, the present presents exceptionally competent cops working inside a largely truthful framework that largely convicts white individuals.”
He cited a May 2021 study from Mass Mediated Representations of Crime and Criminality, which concluded that the present’s fictional “offenders had been disproportionally White, male, older, and from the center or upper-classes.”
Oliver stated the collection is “by no means going to grapple with the truth of policing in a significant approach.” Wolf himself beforehand admitted he was “unabashedly pro-law enforcement,” as Oliver confirmed in a clip.
He additionally confirmed an interview by which Wolf stated he didn’t need to use his present to “do Abner Louima,” referring to a Black man who NYPD officers beat and sodomized in 1997. Louima suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized for 2 months. 5 officers had been charged for his or her roles within the assault, and two had been despatched to jail, with the precept assailant sentenced to 30 years. (The opposite three officers had their convictions reversed resulting from inadequate proof). Louima acquired an $8.75 million settlement from town for the assault.
Wolf dismissed the assault because of “one or two unhealthy apples in a police pressure of 35,000.”
Oliver stated Wolf had a “shut, behind-the-scenes relationship with the NYPD,” which distorted public notion of the group.
“One examine discovered ‘viewers of crime dramas usually tend to imagine the police are profitable at decreasing crime, use pressure solely when needed, and that misconduct doesn’t sometimes result in false confessions,’” stated Oliver. “Which might be nice if it had been true.”
See extra from Sunday’s “Final Week Tonight” under.