John Oliver has attacked Law & Order creator Dick Wolf, claiming his long-running TV police franchise portrays law enforcement in a distorted “good” light.
The British comedian, 45, slammed Wolf’s signature work on Sunday night’s episode of “Last Week Tonight.”
Oliver noted that Wolf, 75, has a “close behind-the-scenes relationship with the NYPD, hiring officers as consultants and boasting about the access he’s had.”
He then revealed a previous interview with an anonymous “Law & Order” writer who claimed that if the series portrayed the police force in a more realistic, critical way, it would make it very “difficult” for the NYPD to continue filming in the Big Apple.
The talk show host went on to describe how the portrayal of the law is very accurate given Wolf’s franchise works closely with the police. Details such as “specific laws, jargon and crime scene procedures” are adequately presented, Oliver said.
“But crucially, it’s also making a lot of decisions that significantly distort the overall picture of the police force,” he said, adding that the right offender is usually arrested mid-episode — and justice eventually prevails.
However, Oliver explained that this is very unrealistic as not every court case is resolved that quickly and almost “97% of cases” never make it to court.
“Obviously ‘Law & Order’ can’t reflect that reality,” grumbled Oliver. “It would be obvious.”
He also said that the defendants were typically “disproportionately white, male, older, and middle or upper class,” noting that Wolf once said that “there are no rich white advocacy groups.” You can do anything to want rich white people and no one cares.”
But Oliver challenged that notion, saying that the executive producer “wants people to like him [the] Having good guy cops and prosecutors crack down on people of color won’t do that.
“‘Law & Order’ will never meaningfully address the realities of policing,” added Oliver. “Because basically the person responsible for ‘Law & Order’ and its brand is Dick Wolf and he knows exactly what he wants to do with his shows and what he doesn’t want to do.”
Oliver continued: “[The series] presents a world where cops can always figure out who did it, defenders present unnerving obstacles to overcome, and even when a cop beats up a suspect, all that matters is a fair outcome.”
The Post has reached out to Wolf’s rep for comment.
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