It’s been a little over three years since Chris Brown & Rihanna’s domestic assault incident and while the two involved have obviously moved past it, mainstream media hasn’t.
Next week’s episode of Law and Order re-creates the infamous incident and even goes as far as to re-create Rihanna’s abuse photo that was plastered all over every tabloid.
The episode, titled “Funny Valentine,” is advertised in the promo as “a familiar story of two celebrities intertwined by abuse.” It follows the story of an up-and-coming female pop star who is viciously beaten by her boyfriend, a twentysomething hip-hop star who unconvincingly insists that he’s not a horrible human being. The incident receives widespread media coverage as prosecutors pursue legal action, but the victim “continues to put herself in danger,” according to the clip’s synopsis. Sound familiar?
If so, Billboard points out that NBC has taken some creative liberties to make sure the televised narrative doesn’t hew too closely to Rihanna and Brown’s real-life drama. A plot development billed as the “Law & Order twist” reveals that the suspected abuser is mysteriously found dead, making life more difficult for Ice-T’s Detective Tutuola, but probably a whole lot easier for the Peacock’s legal team. And anyone in either star’s camp getting suspicious of the episode’s inspiration needs to remember: “The preceding story was fictional. No actual person or event was depicted.”
Check out the preview for the episode below. ‘My Funny Valentine’ airs Feb. 27th at 9pm EST
We’re not quite sure how we feel about this. It seems a bit…classless.