The provocative story line on last night's "Law & Order SVU" features a brandname comic who sees himself as a 21st century Lenny Bruce. That is, he pushes the boundaries of satire to highlight social hypocrisy.
A favorite issue for him, at least at his college campus performances, is rape. That's a subject he perceives as way misunderstood. Of course, he's onto something.
He comes to the attention of the team at the SVU because one woman reports he sodomized her, without her consent. The major portion of the episode deals with how tricky rape is to prove in a court of law.
However, the elephant in the room is: Women who binge drink are more likely to be victims of sexual assault. So, why isn't there more messaging, including from the front lines of law enforcement, about the absolute peril of being female and binge drinking.
In his performance, the comic jokes about encouraging women to down about six drinks - for which he picks up the tap. And, essentially that's what he does in his real life. His celebrity, surface charm, and good looks attract young females to him. After too many drinks, at least for them, they willingly go to his hotel room. Then, anal sex, to which some claim they did not consent to, occurs.
What might stop his predatory behavior is that a previous victim of rape (not by him) sets him up and video tapes it.
But there is nothing in the episode which even hints that women will slow down binge drinking. On the stand in the courtroom the alleged victim, when questioned about her drinking, candidly says that she does drink, she's in college, that's what you do in college. Obviously, she does not connect the dots.
What was surprising is that the meme of last night's programming was not: Beware binge drinking.
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