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An In Depth Look at Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
The Law & Order franchise has spawned many great spin offs that have entertained and informed audiences for decades. While many have come and gone the only Law & Order currently airing is Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. It’s a show that uses current headlines and topics to cause the public to understand how and why these crimes began and with all the attention grabbing headlines in previous years this crime drama shows no signs of discontinuing production.
This crime drama Law & Order: SVU deals with detectives who investigate sexually related crimes, or crimes that involve minors who have been mistreated and abused. These unavoidable topics are sensitive to most yet Dick Wolf has created a series that informs the public of these heinous acts so they can understand how and why they have occurred. The actors and actresses who help convey these particular messages throughout the television series are captivating. They create a variety of emotions that makes the audience feel like they are going through the same journey even though this journey has spanned fifteen years and counting. These enthralling actors and actresses include Mickey Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield daughter Mariska Hargitay. Former Cold Case t.v. star Danny Pino. The longest reoccurring character in the series Richard Belzer. The ironic casting of Ice-T, who use to hate the police with a passion, and Kelli Giddish an actress on the short but great television series Chase. Together these characters help convey a sense of justice and triumph as they navigate through their reality of child molesters, murderers, and rapists.
Although the theme of the show is to keep the public informed of the shocking acts committed by sick individuals through the individual episodes, its main purpose it to teach about how these crimes will start and end and bring the deeper issues to light. In one particular episode a white woman shoots and unarmed black teenager following her in the dead of night. This case has obvious similarities to the infamous shooting to Trayvon Martin and that’s what Dick Wolf wanted. In that episode he showed that people are groomed to be racist just like that older white woman. He wanted to show how the hate could start and how it could end in fatality. Wolf wanted to show that people are still prejudice. They still are racist and that people mostly base one’s character on the color of their skin. Wolf wanted people to realize that the deeper issue is that racism is alive in the world. It is a substantial dilemma in United States and around the world that humans fail to recognize racism as a serious problem.
Another episode that tried to keep a recent crime in the headline was the case of Ariel Castro. For over a decade he kept women chained up and repeatedly raped them until a good Samaritan rescued from their hellish conditions. They relayed this story line in an episode of SVU. The main theme was never stop looking for the ones you love even if everyone else has. It was to never give up. The deeper issue Wolf tried to display was the unity of the American people. No one ever knew that for over ten years that those women were stuck in those horrendous conditions. Those people didn’t know because we are coming an anti-social society concerned with our own self-interests and materialistic values. We are becoming a society where are neighbors are strangers, and where crimes like what Castro did are fast becoming trend. The programing around this show is not any better. It distort reality making one feel that technology can solve all of one’s problems.
The programing around this show is very peculiar. The show is dark. It is shot in dark lighting, dark clothes, and dark themes yet its advertisement shows something different. The commercials are in light, bright, vibrant colors, smiling kids, Christmas propaganda and it is a stark contrast from the serious tones of SVU. The commercials convey a sense of happiness and if you do this you will be happy. If you buy a car, this Samsung Galaxy or go early Christmas shopping you will remain happy and so will your family. They have kids happy and smiling in those AT&T commercials, kids in car commercials so that the adorableness factor will increase, and make up commercials that showed dolled up celebrities. These commercials are all geared towards women ages 18 to 49 probably with kids, because it shows make up commercials, women going Christmas shopping, and cute adorable kids that any mother can relate too. Even though this program is aired during Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. on NBC in which adult males are supposed to be the main audiences these commercials are all geared toward females with kids because they watch this show because they are the majority who worry about sexual assault against their person and their children.
The commercials make light of the fact that this show deals with serious issues like rape, and molestation. If you buy this particular product like the Samsung Galaxy or this car you will be protected from the harsh realities of the world. If you buy this product your children and yourself will not be the victim of a sexual assault. These commercials down play the seriousness of the show because they display young energetic, spirited women and children with gifts and toys that keep them smiling. These women see these commercials and they don’t want to deal with SVU’s reality where women are left hollow and children are left broken. The want to deal with the commercial's reality. If you have this product you will be thrilled, and content with your purchase. The NBC network is selling safety with its strategic placing of specific commercials around the crime series SVU. It exploits people and especially women that in these dangerous times you can never be to safe. They air non fictional stories on a fictional show to keep these crimes relevant and keep women fearing for their lives and their children’s wellbeing. It makes them think that this could happen to them and if you have this product you will be safe from the rapists and pedophiles depicted on television. If you don’t whatever is developing on SVU will happen to you and if you do consume this product you will be safe.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will continue to remain a drama focusing on the harsh realities of life while trying to teach its viewers around the world to think deeper about the issues that afflict their daily lives. Even though these commercials are trying to alleviate the serious issues being promoted by SVU some will see through the facade and realize that in order to be safe in this world it is up to you not some extravagant, expensive, useless material item that only blinds one to the legitimate problems of the world.