After former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson was cast on “Law and Order: SVU,” controversy ensued.
Casting a convicted rapist on a series that directly deals with sexual assault was always going to raise eyebrows — and in this case, it resulted in a Change.org petition demanding that NBC reconsider its choice of guest star, started by Marcie Kaveney, a rape survivor and longtime “SVU” fan. “NCIS” actress and fellow abuse survivor Pauley Perrette also signed the petition, which currently has almost 7,000 supporters.
“As soon as I saw it [in a news report], I just saw red … A lot of survivors consider ‘SVU’ to be Their Show, because it’s about victims, about helping victims and getting justice for victims,” Kaveney told the Washington Post’s TV Column. “We’ve taken to the show and consider it ours.”
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