Petition to knock out Tyson from show
have set up a petition urging TV bosses to drop convicted rapist Mike Tyson (pictured) from an upcoming episode of crime drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The former boxer has landed a cameo role in a new episode of the cop show, playing a murderer with a murky past. The casting has infuriated campaigners against sexual violence. The series often features storylines about sex crimes, and activists claim producers should have avoided casting Tyson because of his 1992 rape conviction. Tyson served three years behind bars. A petition urging show bosses to drop Tyson on the Change.org website has attracted more than 6300 signatures. The petition, addressed to TV chiefs at the show and at US network NBC states: ‘‘While we understand Mr Tyson has served his time, it seems as though the only person who will benefit from his guest appearance will be him. There are many sexual assault survivors as well as others who consider your decision to be in poor judgment. Mr Tyson has never publicly apologised to his victim nor has he admitted his crime . . . Your show has been a comfort for many and discourages victim-blaming. We would like for the show to continue to have that same integrity.’’
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