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OMG. If this report from The Daily Mail is true, and this storyline is aired, heads will explode all over the conservative commentariat:

‘Law & Order SVU’ is tackling racial profiling head on in an upcoming episode that winds together the controversial Trayvon Martin case and the Paula Deen scandal.

In the episode, Cybill Shepard plays Jolene Castille, a famous southern chef. But instead of making a racial slur, like Deen, she guns down an unarmed, hoodie-wearing black teen she thought was following her on the Upper West Side, mirroring the Trayvon Martin slaying.

According to TV Guide, Castille claims she killed the teen in an act of self-defense because she knew police were chasing a rapist of the same description.

But wait, there’s more:

[Executive Producer Warren] Leight told the magazine the episode will also deal with New York’s stop-and-frisk policy.

What are these people doing? Trying to ensure full employment for right-wing media critics?

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.