You read that right! A Moroccan state TV series, Sahabiyat, shows women how to cover their facial scars suffered in domestic violence with the help of makeup. The woman, who is sitting beside her on whom the makeup is being done sits as if there is nothing unusual in the scene and gets the makeup done by the artist like usual.
The normalcy with which the female makeup artist is showing how to cover the black eye and bruises on the cheeks is disturbing.
2M, the State Broadcaster Channel, seems perfectly fine with the content of the show which claims that this is how makeup should be done and ‘how to carry on with your daily life’.
Morocco, where the UN just held COP22! 'After the beating’: Moroccan TV airs makeup tips 4 hiding domestic violence https://t.co/No1HwROlrk
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The show had a happy makeup artist who demonstrated how to cover the injuries with use of foundation and concealers. She also advises that the area be pressed gently as the scar has not healed. The tutorial aims to help women suffering domestic violence to get on with their lives.
“Make sure to use loose powder to fix the makeup, so if you have to work throughout the day, the bruises don’t show,” the host said cheerfully, before recommending the best beauty brands for heavy coverage foundations, reported Independent.
Moroccan women led a huge uproar when such a TV show was first telecast on the channel just two days before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The show got a unanimous negative response and a petition was filed against it wherein hundreds of women showed their discontent with the show and asked for an apology from the makers. Even the country’s men found the show appalling; one man tweeted a video clip and said he was speechless after watching the show.
On being informed of the sudden outrage, the channel has removed the clip from its website and has also posted an apology for promoting domestic violence. It said, “completely inappropriate and was an editorial error of judgment in view of the sensitivity and the gravity of the subject of violence against women.”
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