Advertisement
Advertisement

Wolf Defends Casting of Mike Tyson on Law & Order

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit creator Dick Wolf has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the casting of Mike Tyson in an episode of the hit crime drama series.

The former boxer has landed a cameo role playing a murderer with a murky past, but the casting has infuriated campaigners against sexual violence owing to Tyson's 1992 conviction for rape.

A petition was set up on the Change.org website urging bosses at the show and American network NBC to drop Tyson from the episode and it has attracted the support of more than 6300 people.

However, Wolf has spoken out to praise the show, calling the episode, Monster's Legacy, one of the series' strongest in years.

In a note accompanying screeners for the episode, he writes: "It (the episode) focuses on what can happen when there is an emotionally charged rush to judgment and it is, in my opinion, one of our strongest episodes in the last five years."
Tyson's TV appearance was originally scheduled for broadcast in the US on February 13, but it has since been moved forward to Wednesday, February 6, amid speculation that the shift occurred to prevent the episode airing on the eve of One Billion Rising, a global event supporting survivors of rape and abuse.

Tags: Mike Tyson image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TaurusJ27 on 02-04-2013

I wonder what the reaction would be if Wolf had Ray Lewis casted in that role instead?

Comment by Khalid X on 02-04-2013

[QUOTE=thuggery;12992194]And here comes the race card pullers.[/QUOTE] Why not? Race plays a big part in our society....solely because racist whites have made it this way. Not all whites are bad (obviously) but I'm glad more whites like Maddow, Matthews and…

Comment by Dr Rumack on 02-04-2013

[QUOTE=Ashy Larryx;12991616]1992 was 21 damn years ago...he went to prison did his time,damn move on..is he suppose to suffer the rest of his life??[/QUOTE] A rape is for life, not just for christmas.

Comment by Light_Speed on 02-04-2013

I understand the protests. It's a show about rape and sexual abuse so it's weird to have a convicted rapist getting paid off of it.

Comment by mathed on 02-04-2013

Whether or not Iron Mike ever committed the charge, he repaid his debt to society. He is portraying a murder on the show anyways, not a rapist.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (19)
Top Headlines Roach Makes it Clear That Pacquiao Will Not Be 'One and Done' Eleider Alvarez Will Get Adonis Stevenson Next, Says Michel Chocolatito Admits Decision To Face Cuadras is a Big Career Risk Ricardo Mayorga's Wife Denies Fighter Was Drunk in Photo Chaise Nelson Goes The Distance in Recent Win Joseph Parker vs. Alexander Dimitrenko Finalized For October 1 NYSAC Under Fire After State Investigation Into Magomed Claims Photos: Chocolatito, Cuadras Go Face To Face in California AIBA To Review Testing Records of All Russian Olympic Boxers Bellew To Return On October 15; Smiths To Feature, Price Too? Jessie Vargas Looking For The Biggest Opportunity Possible Mikey Garcia Willing To Travel To UK To Fight Flanagan Next Denton Daley Goes For Commonwealth Belt on September 9 Moises Flores: I Have All The Tools To Defeat Rigondeaux! Loeffler Confirms: Golovkin Would Have Fought Degale at 168 AIBA Denies Allegations of Trying To Take Over Boxing Ruslan Chagaev Vanishes, Stripped of The WBA World Title Vyacheslav Shabranskyy-Oscar Riojas on LA Fight Club, 8/19 Andre Ward vs. Alexander Brand Lands on BoxNation Whyte: No KO, I Want To Punish Allen and Hurt Him Real Bad! Oscar Valdez To Make First Defense in Tucson in November? Andrade Tabs Andre Ward To Expose Kovalev's Flaws, Win Big Golovkin's Coach: DeGale at 168 Was Fine, Hearn Offered Brook Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol: Post-Fight Report Card Guy Robb on Marriaga WBO Eliminator, Picks Ward Over Kovalev AIBA Planning Additional Changes For Olympic Boxers Golovkin's Coach: Only Floyd Mayweather Can Really Test GGG Anthony Upton Drills Luke Paddock For English Title Abel Sanchez: No Pacquiao, I Want Crawford vs. Danny Garcia! Alan Castano: My Goal Was To Win, Not Outdo My Brother “Fighting Words” - When Good Fighters Meet Great Ones Canelo's Trainer Wants Him To Knock Liam Smith Out Vide: Jose Ramirez on Crawford's Performance, Ring Return WBC Prez Feels Crawford Could Be Another Floyd Mayweather Video: Oscar Valdez on His Big World Title Win Video: Lenny Zappavigna on His Knockout Win of Ik Yang Video: Jessie Vargas Talks Crawford, Benavidez, More Donaire Prepares For Mandatory Defense With Magdaleno Valdez Has No Problem With REVENGE Fight With Lomachenko Video: Gilberto Ramirez Talks Crawford vs. Postol, More
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement