NBC crime procedural Law & Order: Special Victims Unit featured a “ripped from the headlines” theme in its latest episode, which smeared the Covington Catholic kids by pitting them against an Ilhan Omar-styled character who is portrayed as a hero.
From there, the politically-charged episode takes a few twists and turns and moves away from the Jewish Covington teens by depicting the SVU team finding a longer video that proves that it was Nasar who provoked the teens and the “hijab grab” didn’t actually occur. However, unlike the real Covington incident, the longer video did not exonerate the kids entirely as in the SVU episode the Jewish teens are still clearly filled with hate and are very confrontational and anti-Muslim.
The episode comes to a conclusion that seems to satisfy every social justice criteria. It finds Nasar’s ex-husband convicted for raping her and sends her traditional Muslim parents to falling at her feet and accepting her as their newly outed lesbian daughter. Oddly, she doesn’t even lose her political base despite that she lied about the Jewish teens and hid the fact that she’s lesbian by pretending to be a traditional, observant Muslim.