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Occupy Wall Street Protesters vs. 'Law & Order: SVU' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 9th 2011 7:45AM
Law and Order SVU castIt was a case of art colliding with life last night in downtown Manhattan as Occupy Wall Street protesters closed down the set of 'Law & Order: SVU.' The procedural drama was supposed to be shooting an OWS-themed episode and had built a fake OWS encampment in Foley Square.

A call from @OccupyWallSt went out on Twitter last night asking OWS protesters to head to the set: "Light, camera, ACTION! Everybody head to Foley Square. Bring yr headshots and make yrself at home! See you at midnite!" Then, with the aid of the hashtag #Mockupy, the news quickly spread throught the twitterverse.

'The New York Daily News' reports that, as a result, more than 100 protesters stormed the set, forcing production to be shut down. Protester Tammy Schapiro told the newspaper, "We made it so that they could not exploit us and that's awesome." Fellow protester Drew Hornbein said, "This is not us. We are not part of corporate TV America." He added, "It's hysterical. Two weeks ago they kicked us out of Zuccotti Park. Now they have this set trying to pretend it's us. It's odd."

Han Shan, a member of the OWS press team told The Huffington Post that the demonstrators were acting in good fun. "Basically, obviously, 'Law & Order' was using this as a backdrop for some salacious story," Shan told The Huffington Post. "People did it in the spirit of absurdity and fun, and we like to come together in public space and share ideas and show our vision through our action and we're doing that tonight with a good bit of jest and big fat smiles on our faces."

According to MSNBC, the set was clearly demarcated, with a sign reading: "Please be advised that the T.V. show, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will be preparing this area of the park for a scene to be filmed in the morning hours on Friday, December 9th. All items in park will be removed immediately upon completion of filming."

Police officers lined the perimeter of the production, preventing protesters from getting too close, and then after midnight, according to the 'Daily News,' the crowd cheered when a police officer announced that the film permit had been rescinded by the city.

MotherJones.com reports that at about 1AM ET the police began to push protesters out of the park and dismantle the set, to cheers of "NYPD does not respect Law And Order" from the crowd. At one point, an occupier asked an officer, "Are these real barricades, or a set piece?"



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~ Ðan .

F.U. you stupid protestors don't mess with my Tv shows.

December 09 2011 at 4:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ðan Sauvé

F.U. you stupid protestors don't mess with my Tv shows.

December 09 2011 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Uncle Igmar

OWS organizer Jake De Groot told MotherJones.com: "They've delivered us this perfectly wrapped Christmas present with a bow on top: They rebuilt our camp. ... How could we not go and take it?"

Hmmmm - let's see - because it's not yours - because you don't deserve it - it's clowns like this - probably with a degree in Philosophy or ballet or art or any number of useless areas of study - who bitch and moan and want hand-outs. It truly cracks mne up that they decry corporate greed on their IPads and IPhones and their Twitter accounts - what a bunch of unwashed hypocrites.

December 09 2011 at 9:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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George Otwori

Not hands outs just an opportunity. If things don't start changing for better. We made find ourselves living in world where the "ends justify the means" Basically a society full of anarchy.

December 09 2011 at 9:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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