Ice-T Applauds Fair Depiction of African-Americans in 'Law and Order: SVU'
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When promoting the release of upcoming movie 'Equal Standard', the actor known as Detective Odafin Tutuola on the police-procedural drama shares his thoughts on why the Dick Wolf series was so successful.

AceShowbiz - Ice-T has praised the long-running show "Law & Order" for always trying to be "fair" in its depiction of African-Americans.

In a promotional interview ahead of the release of his new movie "Equal Standard", he shared his thoughts about why the Dick Wolf show was so successful, telling editors at Page Six he suggested it's because "it's tried to be as fair as it can possibly be."

"You have got the black gang bangers, but you have also got the black judge, you've got the black attorney," said the hip-hop star who's starred as Detective Odafin Tutuola on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" for more than 20 seasons.

But he also acknowledged the police officers on the show, which stars Mariska Hargitay, have been somewhat "romanticized."

"I am wearing Gucci. Mariska is wearing designer clothes," he continued. "Cops can't afford to do that, so in a way we romanticize that job when it's not that romantic."

In "Equal Standard", Ice-T stars alongside "Naughty by Nature" rapper Anthony 'Treach' Criss in the film about racism in the police force, and the often tense relationship between African-American men and law enforcement.

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