Host and comedian Trevor Noah criticized yesterday on his “Daily Show” news show the way cops are portrayed in Hollywood. He argues that corporations are often shown as “infallible,” which creates a perception in the audience that ignores factors such as racism and police violence.
In a context of constant anti-corruption protests, motivated by the murder of black people as George Floyd,[11″ And Breonna Taylor by the U.S. police, Trevor seeks to make clear that there are changes to be made in all fields, especially in entertainment.
“For all the show creators, directors and Hollywood writers who do these police programs, and have tweeted that something needs to be done about the police, well, one way to help make a difference is to do something about the police on the screens.”
“Believe it or not, watching police programs makes a lot of people see the police as infallible. And honestly, I don’t blame any of these people. I admit that many of my perceptions of reality have been shaped by TV, too.”
To justify this idea, Trevor points out two studies: one of them reports that only 21% of American adults have direct contact with the police in the year; the other is research that indicates that the audience of police programs have a greater tendency to see these forces as entities that, in fact, decrease crime and only break laws when necessary.
The presenter’s argument is illustrated by excerpts from series such as “NCIS” and “Law and Order”. Another point he presents is the justified use of torture and breaking of laws, portraying this as the only way to make the truth prevail.
“TV is a powerful tool that models the way the public sees the police. [It] shapes how the public sees the role of the police in society and how they should be responsible for their actions.”
At the end, Trevor airs one last video, not of television shows, but of actual footage of police violence, stating, “When rogue cops throw away the rule book… doesn’t look cool like on one of those TV shows.”