Entertainment industry experts have blasted Hollywood for continuing the work of glamorizing domestic violence in movies as a means of intensifying romance and passion.
According to Melissa Henson, Director of Communication and Public Education for the Parents Television Council, Hollywood has a dangerous habit of implying that these volatile relationships are more intense, more passionate than your average, run-of-the-mill romance.
"To impressionable teens, domestic violence is almost romanticized. We've made great strides in recent years in clearly communicating the message that is never okay to hit a woman," Henson said.
"Today, the hidden message in the entertainment consumed by many impressionable teens is that if he hits you, it is out of love - which is absolutely wrong," she added.
Henson's views were endorsed by Los Angeles-based clinical psychologist Dr. Jordana Mansbacher
"Hollywood does what it can to get ratings, so that may include domestic violence scenes. Many adolescents idealize love, especially their first [love]," told FOX411's Pop Tarts column. "Once faced with some sort of abuse, if not educated about how this is inappropriate, [young adults] may make excuses that violence is just an exaggerated way of showing one's love," Fox News quoted her as saying.