That Jay Z And Solange Lift Incident Is Now A TV Storyline

Law & Order: SVU will also reference the Ray Rice lift incident…


by Sophie Wilkinson |
Published on

You'e got to give it to the Americans for getting stuff done quickly. Or at least turning big cultural talking points into money-spinners very quickly. This time, it's the makers of Law & Order: SVU. They've managed to intertwine a story based on both the lift incident between Jay-Z and Solange, where Beyoncé watched on as her younger sister tried to hit and kick her rapper husband, and the Ray Rice scandal, where the football player knocked his wife out in a lift.

You can watch the trailer for the episode below:

If you can't right now, here's a rundown. The episode follows Shakir 'The Shark' Wilkins, a black basketball player (there's the sports reference, undeniably a nod to the Ray Rice incident) who is accused of rape by a woman who works as a PR for his clothing line. She begins fighting him in a lift and has to be restrained by a bouncer (there's the Solange/Jay-Z reference).

READ MORE: Solange's Attack On Jay Z Is No Joke: Why We Need To Take Violence Aginast Men More Seriously

As the bouncer pulls the woman from the lift through a paparazzi-filled lobby (and there's the Solange/Jay-Z reference again, as in real life, paparazzi were waiting outside the lift at the Met Ball after party, filming a shell-shocked Jay refusing to travel in the same car as Solange), she accuses Shakir of raping her.

Then there's the court case. The inevitability of Shakir's team's reaction to the accusations will be telling. Basically, if they're really shitty about it, it'll be a reference to the Ray Rice incident. The NFL only gave him a two-game suspension after footage leaked of him dragging his unconscious wife out of a lift after an argument (also way back in February, on Valentine's Day). It was then, only after footage of him knocking his wife out inside the lift went public that he was sacked from the team.

READ MORE: Woman Knocked Unconscious By Her NFL Player Husband Says That Their Lives Are Ruined After Video Leaks Of The Assault

According to MadameNoire, the episode will also contain references to the Donald Sterling scandal, where the owner of a basketball team who employed many black men made incredibly racist comments about not wanting his girlfriend to hang out with any of them.

The episode, called American Disgrace, does look very interesting, and will hopefully provoke more discussions about all of the issues raised: racism, sexism, domestic abuse, rape, in a bit of a Hollyoaks-gone-serious way. What's more interesting is that* Law & Order: SVU* is a whole TV show dedicated to stories of sexually-based offences. It's in its 16th season, too! And as tacky as it is to draw from these real incidences, which were so sensational and ridiculous we thought they were made up in the first place, if it can properly address the issues, then why not?

Like this? Then you might also be interested in:

#WhyIStayed And #WhyILeft Are Sobering But Important In Readjusting Our Attitudes To Domestic Violence

This Baroness Just Called Herself The Beyonce Of The House Of Lords

Banter Is Just A Way Of Silencing Rape Culture On Campus

Follow Sophie on Twitter @sophwilkinson

Picture: Splash

This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us