Outrage: Liberal Hollywood Depicts Rape of Conservative Pundit
Thinly veiled political propaganda clashes with creative license in this week's episode of the violent show — talk about going too far
“This time, a lot of folks think Hollywood has gone too far,” said Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Thursday night’s “The Ingraham Angle.”
Guest Ann Coulter joined Ingraham to discuss Wednesday night’s airing of an NBC “Law and Order: SVU” episode titled — not accidentally — “Info Wars.” In the controversial and disturbing episode, a woman closely resembling Coulter suffers a violent rape at the hands of a member of the radical leftist group Antifa.
“It was pretty clearly supposed to be me,” said Coulter. “I could not care less.”
She then mentioned the violent behavior of real-life Berkeley students — who broke windows and threatened to set buildings aflame when faced with the prospect of her appearance on their campus.
“I haven’t broken a single window since hearing about this show,” she joked.
But she added quite seriously, “So much of Hollywood is just wanting to feel morally superior to conservatives and particularly to Trump voters.”
On the Wednesday evening episode of the "Law and Order: SVU" show, the tall, blonde, Caucasian and middle-aged character — a strong, successful conservative writer and pundit — is raped after giving a speech at a right-wing rally on the campus of a place called Hudson College.
Spoiler alerts: Attendees at the event are shown as violent, despicable racists and misogynists; token nods to the notion that conservative ideas may not be completely without merit are about as believable as Brian Williams; and the Antifa activist character who attacks the Coulter-esque character is falsely accused — initially — of rape.
In short: The episode is a thinly veiled fantasy of the far Left who demonize conservatives — including conservative rape victims — while crying out for sympathy to excuse the heinous behavior of their own.
By the end of the show, Martha Cobb (played by Rhea Seehorn) is left without resolution. The two primary suspects include a misogynistic, racist Cobb fan and a Cobb-hating Antifa member who assaulted Cobb (but claimed he didn't rape her). Because of the brutal nature of the rape and the fact that the Antifa member's DNA could be "explained," the physical evidence was of no help. The prosecutor moved to dismiss the indictment because Cobb's initial assertion that she knew the identity of the rapist was a lie — presumably concocted to help further her career.
And the kicker? In the final scene, Cobb has a conversation in the very bar where the Antifa member is employed. She tells another character she's working on her next book — and will be excoriating those in the justice system she'd encountered. The Cobb character then adds a comment about "spineless victims" — to ensure that any television viewers who had retained any sympathy for her were appropriately set straight.
Moral of the story? For Hollywood, it would clearly go this way: "This is real life. Not all cases can be wrapped up neatly with a bow — sometimes the bad guys go free! And the good-guy liberals in the justice system are so morally advanced they even help conservatives who fail to appreciate them."
Astute viewers of this ridiculousness, on the other hand, may have a different takeaway. The sickening episode strongly suggests that conservatives, particularly successful, outspoken conservative women, are loathsome trolls who don't deserve to walk the Earth free of violence and hatred.
Does NBC have the right to use its creative freedom to depict the violent rape of a character based on a living human being? Does it have the right to frame conservative ideology as morally bankrupt — and liberal ideology as morally superior?
The network and the creative folks behind the show do have that right in this country. But should they exercise that right in the name of "art"? See what a few folks had to say on Twitter:
Michele Blood is a freelance writer based in Flemington, New Jersey.