Experts Condemn Hollywood for Glamorizing Domestic Violence to Misguide Teens

by Sheela Philomena on  June 3, 2011 at 12:39 PM Lifestyle News
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Entertainment industry experts have blasted Hollywood for continuing the work of glamorizing domestic violence in movies as a means of intensifying romance and passion.
 Experts Condemn Hollywood for Glamorizing Domestic Violence to Misguide Teens
Experts Condemn Hollywood for Glamorizing Domestic Violence to Misguide Teens

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.

Source: ANI

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