In today's we-can't-quite-believe-this-is-real news, a Moroccan TV show has been teaching women how to cover-up their domestic violence bruises with make-up. WE KNOW.
Sadly, this actually happened.
A television show has caused outrage (OBVIOUSLY) with a beauty segment that focused on teaching women how to use their make-up to cover up bruises following a domestic attack.
Because, rather than talking about the actual problem – that, of course, violence at the hands of your partner is never acceptable – they were too busy faffing about with a make-up brush and some foundation.
The hosts of the show explained, ‘We hope these beauty tips will help you carry on with your daily life.’
No. Just, no.
Of course, domestic violence is a very real issue that DOES need airtime and DOES need to be talked about.
But we should be encouraging victims to come forward and seek help to remove themselves from dangerous situations, not normalising ways of keeping it hidden from those around them.
The segment, featured on channel 2M, went viral on Twitter, after a clip was shared and then retweeted numerous times.
This particular part of the Woman’s Daily Show gave, er, tips on how to cover a black eye. The host explains, ‘After the beating, this part is still sensitive so don’t press…’
Quite rightly, the internet was outraged at the sight of the content. One Moroccan journalist shared with her Twitter followers, ‘Host spends more time talking about the best brand of makeup to cover domestic violence bruises than the actual issue of domestic violence…’
Of course, people rushed to express how ‘speechless’ they were, with one writing, ‘I cannot believe this…’
Another wrote, ‘disgusting how in 2016 a national TV channel can stream this garbage #shame’, and another added, ‘DELETE THIS!!! domestic violence is NOTHING that can be “cured by makeup” you should be ashamed for even posting this.’
Following the backlash, the video has been removed from the website, and the channel has issued a statement.
2M’s apology included the line, ‘management believes that this section is completely inappropriate and has an editorial error of judgement in view of the sensitivity and the gravity of the subject of violence against women.’
They have issued ‘sincere apologies’ and have ‘committed to take the necessary steps towards the people responsible for this error.’
If you or anyone that you know has been affected by domestic abuse of any kind, you can seek advice and support here.