Writer Wants 'Law & Order' Off-Air Because Of Its Positive Portrayal Of Cops

Writer Wants 'Law & Order' Off-Air Because Of Its Positive Portrayal Of Cops

EJ Dickson suggested that Olivia Benson was nothing but a "hero" for the audience, which apparently was the problem itself.

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Fans of Law & Order don't seem to be impressed by Rolling Stone writer EJ Dickson's op-ed which explains why the last version of the show should be canceled. It has everything to do with the 'quintessential Good Cop' character of Olivia Benson in the show. Actor Mariska Hargitay has been portraying the role of Captain Benson on Special Victims Unit for 21 seasons on NBC, reports Daily Mail. In the article Dickson shared that the character was "the embodiment of all of the qualities we wish law enforcement figures would have: she's tough but fair, vulnerable yet steely-eyed, displaying constant compassion for survivors and providing no quarter to abusers. She always fights for and believes victims, a marked contrast to real-life law enforcement officials, whose record on convicting sexual offenders is abysmal."


The writer was of the view that the character of Benson is not the kind of cop who would change, adding, "Not fundamentally, because nobody wants Olivia Benson to change. We’re probably not going to see her making an effort to hire more police officers of color. We’re probably not going to see George Floyd incorporated into plotlines in anything but a cursory, ripped-from-the-headlines way." Dickson then suggested that Olivia was nothing but a "hero" for the audience, which apparently was the problem itself. He called for reform and explained that everything needed to reset, including the beloved character of Benson. 


"No matter how much you love Olivia Benson, you have to be willing to grapple with the fact that she plays a major role in perpetuating the idea that cops are inherently trustworthy and heroic, and that many viewers are unable to distinguish between the gossamer fantasy of how justice should be handled, and how it actually is," the writer wrote. The show tends to "glorify" police officer and if people are fighting to uproot "bad" cops this show might not be a good idea.


However, when the news about this reached social media, fans immediately slammed the writer and the prevalent cancel culture. While some did acknowledge the corruption in the police force isn't represented in the show. But the character of Benson was favored by most as the viewers wanted the show to be left out of this. But most were in favor of Benson's character. One user Angie shared: Bruh please don’t cancel law and order svu I love Olivia benson too much and I’m ngl they needa be honest on the corruption but cmon that show has paved the way for so many women to speak out and @Mariska has been such an advocate.


Recently another show was criticized and this time it was Paw Patrol, a popular cartoon show for children, reports Twenty Two Words. The show that airs on Nickelodeon follows a boy named Ryder and a team of six rescue dogs who protect the seaside town of Adventure Bay. The power group also includes a police officer, a firefighter, and a construction worker all of who use their own talents to save their town. Several viewers revealed that they were uncomfortable about the name of the police officer- Chase. Many began criticizing the show for "encouraging kids into thinking law enforcement is a noble profession."


To this, the show immediately issues a statement. In solidarity of #amplifymelanatedvoices we will be muting our content until June 7th to give access for Black voices to be heard so we can continue to listen and further our learning. #amplifyblackvoices, it read. Even Paramount Network's show Cops came under fire for its depiction and glorification of law enforcement. The network decided to cancel the show, which was heading into its 33rd season last week. "Cops is not on the Paramount Network and we don’t have any current or future plans for it to return," said a spokesperson for the network. 

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