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Experts Condemn Hollywood for Glamorizing Domestic Violence to Misguide Teens

by Sheela Philomena on  June 3, 2011 at 12:39 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
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
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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.

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"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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