Morocco TV show sorry for makeup tips to hide do­mes­tic abuse

Arab News - - COFFEE BREAK -

RABAT, Morocco: Af­ter a wave of crit­i­cism, a Moroc­can TV show de­voted to women’s is­sues apol­o­gized on Mon­day for air­ing a makeup tu­to­rial that of­fered tips on us­ing cos­met­ics to dis­guise signs of do­mes­tic abuse, call­ing the seg­ment an “er­ror in judg­ment.”

The daily women’s show that aired Wed­nes­day and was posted on­line drew a cas­cade of sharp crit­i­cism on so­cial me­dia, a pe­ti­tion from in­dig­nant women and, fi­nally, the tele­vised apol­ogy.

The show “Sabahiyat” (Morn­ings) fea­tured a demon­stra­tion “to show you the makeup you can use to cover the bruises on your face” as a way to mark the In­ter­na­tional Day to Elim­i­nate Vi­o­lence Against Women.

The on­line seg­ment was re­moved, but a pe­ti­tion signed by nearly 2,000 peo­ple was sent to Morocco’s High Au­thor­ity for Au­dio­vi­sual Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, which called a meet­ing Mon­day.

The state­ment by the show on the pub­lic 2M chan­nel noted that Sabahiyat has been on the air for nearly six years, al­ways ad­dress­ing “ev­ery is­sue that mat­ters” to women.

“Our con­cern is one: to de­fend women’s rights. In the name of the Sabahiyat team at 2M, we present our apolo­gies and sin­cere re­gret over the beauty seg­ment aired on Wed­nes­day, which was an er­ror in judg­ment,” the pro­gram’s state­ment said. “We re­quest your un­der­stand­ing and com­mit to be­ing more vig­i­lant and pre­cise in each of our pro­grams.”

M2 also said it would “take the nec­es­sary steps to­ward the peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for this er­ror and to strengthen the tools of con­trol and su­per­vi­sion on this sub­ject” and high­lighted its “com­mit­ment for 27 years to the de­fense of women’s rights”.

Morocco has no do­mes­tic vi­o­lence law and vi­o­lence against women is wide­spread, Hu­man Rights Watch said in a dis­patch.

The seg­ment in the daily show Sabahiyat showed a smil­ing makeup artist demon­strat­ing how to mask marks of beat­ing on a woman.

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