Wednesday, March 05, 2014

"Law and Order SVU" plays the gays in sports angle, not too convincingly

"Law and Order SVU" ("Special Victims Units") brought together the themes of hazing, gays in sports, and hate crimes tonight in an episode called "Rape by Deception".

An African American football player comes to New York for the weekend from the south and meets his teammates and is shown their exercise facility at an unspecified university in the City.  The coach has goaded the team into hazing the player.  We see him being blindfolded.  The next thing we know, he punches someone out in a bar and gets tossed out and arrested.  He doesn;t know that this was a gay bar.  Pretty soon the police work the case backward: he was abused by another football player who, however totally shaved, turns out to say that he is gay at the end.  But it's the coach who winds up facing the biggest criminal charges.

The full episode should be available soon at this location.

Somehow the idea sounds like the "Code Red" in the 1992 film "A Few Good Men" with Tom Cruise as a crack young Navy lawyer.


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