NBC and Law & Order:SVU: We request that you re-consider casting convicted rapist, Mike Tyson on Law & Order:SVU
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Executive Vice President, Current Programming, NBC
Vernon Sanders
Chairman, NBC Entertainment
Robert Greenblatt
Jennifer Salke
Showrunner, Law & Order:SVU
Warren Leight
Executive Producer, Law & Order:SVU
Richard Wolf

NBC and Law & Order:SVU: We request that you re-consider casting convicted rapist, Mike Tyson on Law & Order:SVU

    1. Marcie Kaveney
    2. Petition by

      Marcie Kaveney

      Fort Myers, FL

Mike Tyson is set to guest star on NBC's long-running crime drama, Law and Order: Special Victim's Unit. His publicist announced that he will shoot the episode, which will air on Feb. 6, 2013.

According to USA Today, Tyson will portray Reggie Rhodes, “a murderer on death row who is also the victim of a difficult childhood.”

Am I the only one who remembers that Mike Tyson was CONVICTED and sent to prison for raping Desiree Washington? I am sorry but I see this as just another way to clean-up his image.

I am extremely disappointed as I love this show and have watched it for years. I have even suggested rape crisis advocates watch the show for tips and love Mariska Hargitay and her work with Joyful Heart Foundation and "Telling Amy's Story."

As an advocate and a survivor, my heart aches at the thought that this man gets a free pass because he is famous! I can't even begin to imagine what this news would mean to his victim.

I am asking for you to sign this petition requesting NBC to re-consider casting convicted rapist Mike Tyson on Law and Order SVU or to pull the episode! I believe this is a slap in the face to survivors everywhere.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 15,000 signatures
    2. Dick Wolf has FInally Spoken

      Marcie Kaveney
      Petition Organizer

      Wow! Amazing that although he is finally discussing the 2/6 episode, he doesn't even address the viewers and/or survivors who are being hurt by this choice.

      'Law & Order' Boss Dick Wolf Praises 'SVU' Episode Featuring Mike Tyson

      Dick Wolf, creator of the franchise, has weighed in on the controversial upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU, which guest stars former boxer Mike Tyson in his first acting gig playing someone other than himself.

    3. NBC Counter Attack-Trigger Warning (Mike Tyson talking about the role)

      Marcie Kaveney
      Petition Organizer

      You cannot leave comments (hmmmmm....wonder why?) but you can dislike. Unbelievable! They will go this far to get us to support a convicted rapist and known misogynist on SVU...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wko8NzG1Qjk

    4. Article from "Jezebel" (F* Bomb warning)

      Marcie Kaveney
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to Lindy West for being one of the first to write an article on the petition! Awesome article!

    5. Reached 12,500 signatures
    6. Tyson Resonds to Our Petition with TVGuide

      Marcie Kaveney
      Petition Organizer

      More of the same...."I am just trying to live my life" and "...feed my kids." No one has said you shouldn't work, Mike. We have said....NOT...THIS...SHOW!


      Keck's Exclusives: Mike Tyson Discusses His Controversial Role on Law & Order: SVU

      If Mike Tyson had been cast on any TV series other than NBC's Law & Order: SVU, it wouldn't have sparked such a firestorm. But the hiring of a convicted rapist on a drama that has received numerous awards for its sensitive portrayal of sex crimes has raised flags and inspired one outraged rape survivor to start a petition urging NBC to rethink its decision.

    7. Mike Tyson Responds To Our Petition on HuffPostLive

      Marcie Kaveney
      Petition Organizer

      Hmmmm....over-dramatize much? Yes, we clearly want your children to starve (sarcasm). Oh, and yes, please restrict your appearances to porno (sarcasm). Whoa is me for Mike Tyson. By asking him to not to go on one show that is clearly inappropriate, we have made Mike Tyson the victim and are discriminating against him. Such bull!! Please share and feel free to post your comments or send me a message. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/30/mike-tyson-svu-controversy_n_2579207.

    8. Reached 7,000 signatures
    9. I Fight Like A Girl-Borrowed from V-Days site

      Marcie Kaveney
      Petition Organizer

      A poem by: Aerika that I want to share:
      I fight like a girl who refuses to be a victim.
      I fight like a girl who is tired of being
      I fight like a girl who’s sick
      of not being taken seriously.
      I fight like a girl who’s been pushed too far.
      I fight like a girl who OFFERS + DEMANDS RESPECT.
      I fight like a girl who has a lifetime of
      ANGER + STRENGTH + PRIDE pent up in her girly body.
      I fight like a girl who doesn’t believe in FEAR + SUBMISSION.
      I fight like a girl who knows that
      THIS BODY + THIS MIND are mine.
      I fight like a girl who knows that
      I fight like a girl who will never
      allow you to take more than I offer.
      I fight like a girl who FIGHTS BACK.
      So next time you think you can distract yourself
      from your insecurities by victimizing a girl,
      THINK AGAIN. She may be ME and

    10. Reached 6,000 signatures
    11. JHF Unaware of Mike Tyson 'SVU' Casting

      Marcie Kaveney
      Petition Organizer
      REPORT: Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation Unaware of Mike Tyson 'SVU' Casting

      REPORT: Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation Unaware of Mike Tyson 'SVU' Casting January 25, 2012 Janice Daniels Just when you think this, dare I say disgusting, news about Mike Tyson on NBC's SVU had reached it's peak (him being cast in SVU, rape victims petitioning to get him off and urging NBC to pull the...

    12. Article by Tim Molloy at The Wrap!

      Marcie Kaveney
      Petition Organizer
      Should Mike Tyson Be on 'SVU' After Rape Conviction? Petition Says No | TheWrap TV

      Should a convicted rapist guest star on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"? A new Change.org petition says no -- even if the convicted rapist is Mike Tyson. Tyson's "SVU" turn, scheduled for the February sweeps, would continue years of image rehabilitation.

    13. Over 5,000 Supporters!

      Marcie Kaveney
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached over 5,000 supporters. Awesome job, everyone on getting the word out. So many great advocates!

    14. areticle in Jezebel

      Marcie Kaveney
      Petition Organizer

      A great article by Lindy West. I love her writing style! http://jezebel.com/

      Jezebel: Celebrity, Sex, Fashion for Women. Without Airbrushing.

      In case you haven't heard (because you've been doing some kind of David Blaine situation where you live inside a sealed barrel for one year and eat your own pee) New Kids on the Block is teaming up with Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees for a 2013 stadium-sweeping super-tour called THE PACKAGE.

    15. Reached 5,000 signatures
    16. Mike Tyson Interview about Sarah Palin-9/2011

      Marcie Kaveney
      Petition Organizer

      So....I have been having this debate with a friend of mine regarding my petition and my post. She was asking for something more recent regarding Mr. Tyson's disrespect for women and I came across an interview he did just about 1 1/2 years ago. Here is the link just in case you receive a similar request. http://dailycaller.com/2011/09/16/mike-tyson-sarah-palin-met-the-wombshifter/r latest development here.



    17. Pauley Perrette Supports our petition!

      Marcie Kaveney
      Petition Organizer
      NBC and Law & Order:SVU: We request that you re-consider casting convicted rapist, Mike Tyson on Law & Order:SVU

      Mike Tyson is set to guest star on NBC's long-running crime drama, Law and Order: Special Victim's Unit. His publicist announced that he will shoot...

    18. Petition/Blog Re: Mike Tyson Guest Starring on L&O Special Victims

      Marcie Kaveney
      Petition Organizer
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    Jan 19, 2013

    Yes, as a #rape, #domesticviolence survivor, I also agree with this: https://t.co/cxwtMcNH And I loved that show

    Pauley Perrette

    Reasons for signing

    • Donna Ennis FRANKLINVILLE, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      Because I am a SA and DV survivor, and don't want to watch a show with an actor on it that just doesn't care about the physical, emotional and mental toll rapes, sexaul abuse, and demostic violence causes it's victims.

    • Scott Hutchins MARIETTA, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      Privacy of those involved un the legal process

    • carlos velazquez CAPE CORAL, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      Because I feel that this person does not respect women and thinks that it is ok based on the comments he has made and continues to make.

    • Jill Lusk-Meierl ROGUE RIVER, OR
      • over 1 year ago

      As a mother of 4 daughters I find it in extremely poor taste to cast a convicted rapist on a show that deals with the very topic of sexual abuse. Frankly I don't even understand how anyone could actually think this was a good idea!

    • Larry Foutz LAS VEGAS, NV
      • over 1 year ago

      His past actions indicate that he places himself above the rules that others must live by. He does not need glorification in any manner.


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