Law & Order: SVU Episode to Combine Paula Deen, Trayvon Martin Plots: Report

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By Daniel Gates

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“Law & Order: SVU” will reportedly combine this summer’s Paula Deen and Trayvon Martin stories into one racially charged episode during the show’s upcoming 15th season.

According to TV Guide, Cybill Shepherd will portray Jolene Castille, a Southern restaurant owner who shoots and kills an unarmed black teenager wearing a hoodie in New York.

Her character is said to justify the action as self-defense.

The reported plot seems to combine a character like Deen (whose admission that she used the N-word crippled her cooking empire) and George Zimmerman’s controversial fatal shooting of Martin in what he claimed to be self-defense.

“SVU” has long ripped stories from the headlines, including an episode last season that appeared to be a (very) thinly veiled take on Chris Brown and Rihanna’s complicated history.

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