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TV show slammed for tutorial on how to cover up domestic violence with makeup

This is a makeup lesson no one should ever need

By Andrea Tim | Published: 29 Nov 2016

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Last week, Moroccan TV show called Sabahiyat on Channel 2M aired a segment teaching women how to cover up injuries from domestic abuse with makeup, it angered many viewers. It would have (and has!) angered anyone who is against domestic violence.

A petition was then launched by viewers, calling the High Authority of Audiovisual Communication in Morocco to take action against 2M and Sabahiyat.

"Do not cover domestic violence with makeup, condemn the aggressor!" the petition stated.

The TV programme has since deleted the video and released a statement that, interestingly, coincided with International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Friday, 25 November.

"The 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," part of the statement read.

Fair enough – apologies have been made, and mistakes rectified (read: deleted), but it is still unsettling that there are still people who overlook how detrimental it is to suggest that one would like to learn how to cover up signs of abuse, instead of focusing on speaking out against it.

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