Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 15 Episode 15

Comic Perversion

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A performance at a local university puts a comedian in SVU's sights after two students are beaten by his fans. Although the comic cannot be arrested, the DA tells Benson she can try to link him to other crimes. When the unit finds one, though, competing versions hinder the case. Elsewhere, a detective from Chicago's Intelligence Unit asks for assistance on her case.

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This was a really good episode. It made me uncomfortable and angry with the comedian who made sexist jokes, but it also made me think about how a comedian creates his act as a mirror held up to society. The Twitter hashtag NBC promoted was #RapeIsNoJoke. I think we can all agree with that. When speaking to reporters, the comedian said he believed that, too. I think he didn't really want women to get raped, but that's apparently how his fans took it. The thing is, if our society didn't have the rape culture it does he wouldn't have been making the jokes. Forty years ago comedians were making racist jokes. That wouldn't be acceptable today because the culture has changed. Hopefully one day rape jokes will be unacceptable.

But that wasn't the real crime. The fans didn't rape Renee, who was a victim in the season 14 episode Girl Dishonored. Thankfully, she was able to scare them away with her rape whistle. The real crime was a murkey one of the comedian himself (convincingly played by Jonathan Silverman) having sex with a very drunk college girl. A case like that is always tough to prove. Did she give consent and not remember? Did she consent to sex, but not to the same kind he wanted? For the first time we saw friction between Benson and Barba as she handed him a case he had little chance of winning.
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Drama, Suspense

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Crime