“The Carmichael Show,” an NBC sitcom that habitually embraces hot-button issues, plans to air an episode about rape and possibly reference the Brock Turner case.
Earlier in the Television Critics Association Press Tour, reporters were invited to watch comedian Jerrod Carmichael and fellow cast members do a table read of a script that has the characters dissecting and debating what constitutes sexual assault. In the story line, Jerrod’s brother Bobby (Lil Rel Howery) is hazy on the details of a previous night’s date and wonders if he might have raped a woman.
At one point, his mother (Loretta Devine) suggests that they might be able to just “brush it under the rug like Brock Turner’s parents did.”
It’s no coincidence that “Carmichael” showrunner Danielle Sanchez-Witzel is a Bay Area native who attended Stanford. She said the episode was not directly inspired by the Turner case, but her writing staff was “most certainly influenced by what we see as a lack of justice.”
“Even when things seem black and white, they’re not black and white,” she said.
Sanchez-Witzel stressed that the table read was done with a first-draft script, which will undergo changes and the Brock Turner line may not make it to air. But it’s an example of the fearless approach Carmichael and company bring to topical comedy. The show has previously dealt with subjects such as gun violence, the presidential election, religion and the Bill Cosby controversy.
“I think what our feelings were going into this episode is that men need to take responsibility too,” Sanchez-Witzel told the Bay Area News Group. “… We all make mistakes and mistakes shouldn’t lead to crime. There are plenty of young men who get drunk and don’t rape young women. There’s a big difference between right and wrong, and if you’re a criminal or not. I think that case shined a light on exactly that topic.”
NBC has yet to announce a premiere date for Season 3 of “The Carmichael Show.”
Original article posted by The Mercury News
By Chuck Barney
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