October 1, 2022
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SVU’ Actor Diane Neal Agrees With John Oliver

John Oliver’s most up-to-date deep dive tore into Dick Wolf’s all-too-easy road to justice on TV, significantly with the Legislation & Order franchise. Maybe most excruciating are circumstances that may’t probably be in comparison with Legislation & Order: SVU, where those “particularly heinous” circumstances (steered by “the devoted detectives who examine these vicious felonies [who] are members of an elite squad”) are typically wrapped up inside an hour, together with business breaks. That actuality doesn’t cease the franchise from being wildly in style to the purpose the place a crossover event is on the way in which later this month.

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John Oliver’s most up-to-date deep dive tore into Dick Wolf’s all-too-easy road to justice on TV, significantly with the Legislation & Order franchise. Maybe most excruciating are circumstances that may’t probably be in comparison with Legislation & Order: SVU, where those “particularly heinous” circumstances (steered by “the devoted detectives who examine these vicious felonies [who] are members of an elite squad”) are typically wrapped up inside an hour, together with business breaks. That actuality doesn’t cease the franchise from being wildly in style to the purpose the place a crossover event is on the way in which later this month.

Nonetheless, Oliver referred to as out the franchise, which incorporates not solely the flagship sequence and SVU but additionally Organized Crime. That last sequence performs extra of a protracted sport, however that’s beside Oliver’s level, by way of which he dragged the Dragnet-obsessed Dick Wolf for his “fantasy” portrayal (i.e., “entertaining” and never sluggish as molasses with usually irritating outcomes) of justice. This made a related Emmys skit (starring Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni) very awkward, however on social media, some scrutiny was happening.

In response to the episode, a shocking perspective arrived. Diane Neal, who performed ADA Casey Novak on SVU for over a decade, reached out to her followers on Twitter. “Did any of you watch @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver ? concerning the depiction of #lawenforcement on #svu giving victims who report intercourse crimes in actual life unrealistic expectations,” Neal tweeted. “[T]hat the cops will care or crimes shall be solved?”

Properly, Neal heard from lots of people who felt burned by their visits with regulation enforcement. And that is smart, provided that dockets are jam packed, and cops are busy as hell, and protectors aren’t good. And Neal agrees that “[I]f #OliviaBenson #svu had been actual, there can be a LOT extra justice.” She then added, “I’m embarrassed to confess, I used to assume the way in which it labored on the present was like actual life. Then I discovered the laborious means I used to be improper.”

Neal additional shared a tip of 1 prosecutor, who warned sexual assault survivors that SVU isn’t like actual life, and the actress declared, “That may be a nice and trustworthy method to discuss to victims.”

And to reply a Twitter person who relayed how survivors virtually universally remorse reporting sexual assaults, Diane bought really real: “I really feel that 100%.”

Casey Novak (and Olivia Benson) can be proud.

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