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Rating: TV-14 DL
Once again, NBC and the Law and Order
franchise have failed to live up to their obligation to protect families from
content that parents might deem unsuitable for their children. The episode that
aired on February 27th at 10:00 p.m. ET was rated TV-14 DL despite
containing several graphic depictions of a murder victim and detailed
discussions of her horrifying death.
The episode follows detectives Lupo and Green as
they investigate the brutal rape and murder of a teenaged girl. Their
investigation leads them to a prostitute named ‘Sugar,’ whose boyfriend was the
last person seen with the murdered teenaged girl Anne-Marie. The police find
Anne-Marie’s body lying in a dumpster outside a motel. Her skirt is hitched up
to reveal her underwear. Her chest is scratched and covered in blood that has
been dripping from a very large head wound. In the lab, Green and Lupo listen to
the coroner describe the horrific details of Anne-Marie’s death: “There is
evidence of both anal and vaginal penetration,” the coroner says while
describing the rape that preceded Anne-Marie’s death.
In opting not to flag this episode with a V
descriptor indicating violence, NBC demonstrated that until ratings are
standardized and enforced, the V-chip will not be a reliable tool in helping
parents protect their children.
If you agree that this program was inadequately
rated, please write to the TV ratings advisory board at
firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know that the TV
ratings once again failed to adequately warn parents about inappropriate
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