Thursday, March 28, 2013

Raped From The Headlines

I missed Law & Order: SVU last night, as I've been faithfully doing for fourteen years.  But I saw a promo that almost made me watch just to see if I heard right.

The episode was entitled "Legitimate Rape" and, according to Mediaite:

"It’s nearly impossible for a victim of legitimate rape to get pregnant,” says one actor playing an expert witness testifying in court.

This is actually part of a real plot of a TV show?!  We all know Todd Akin made this idiotic statement when running for Senate last year, but it's not like anyone--even Akin any more--believes it.  Okay, perhaps it was an underground folk belief, created to blame women who get pregnant, but I can't imagine any "expert" in court would make this claim.

Trying to build an episode around people saying absurd things that would be shot down immediately in a real court promises a complete lack of drama.  Are we supposed to get mad and feel self-righteous on behalf of the pregnant woman?

"A mother to be fights back,” the narrator declares in the promo.

Yeah, I guess we are.

Meanwhile, real, elected politicians are saying idiotic things all the time.  SVU, where are you?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well its a TV show and they take snippets from the news and I wouldn't count on it for accuracy of procedure anyway.

Second- your bigger problem seems to be even though our guys keep saying incredibly dumb things, its somehow unfair of the media to reference it. Y'know they are appealing to someone out there who keep nominating them. Though maybe ifin the procedural were set out in one the square or drawly states, the idea of an expert making such assertions would seem closer to the truth.

5:51 AM, March 28, 2013  
Blogger LAGuy said...

It's not unfair of them to reference dumb things (though they seem to be one-sided in how they do it). It is stupid, however, to reference things falsely, out of context, or in a way that would never happen in the real world.

6:24 AM, March 28, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about an episode about a solar power company that keeps getting money from the government but is a complete fraud?

6:25 AM, March 28, 2013  

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