Moroccan lifestyle tv show criticized for make up tutorial on hiding signs of abuse

  • A Moroccan state television show aired a make up tutorial to cover the bruises and wounds from abuse
  • This has unexpectedly caused an outrage to a lot of women online
  • A petition was raised to alarm the authorities to take action for broadcasting the inappropriate content

A segment aired over a state television in Morocco was criticized for their make up tutorial on how to hide bruises or wounds that resulted from domestic abuse.

“We hope these beauty tips will help you carry on with your daily life”, said the host of the show that featured a “beautiful woman” who was “unfortunately beaten”.

“Make sure to use loose powder to fix the makeup, so if you have to work throughout the day, the bruises don’t show,” the host also said as she proceeded with the make up tutorial.

It turns out that the woman in the video was not even abused and was just a model hired to portray an abused woman.

This drew the ire of several people online.

“Host spends more time talking about the best brand of makeup to cover domestic violence bruises than the actual issue of domestic violence,” said journalist Samia Errazzouki on Twitter.

While citizen Dima Sarsour said: “Shocked!! #Moroccan lifestyle-show aired makeup tutorials to victims, women, on how to cover up domestic violence!”

This unbelievable segment has led to an online petition calling on the authorities to take action on the inappropriate public content. The petition targets to reach 5,000 citizens. As of posting, it has already garnered 3,400 people to support its cause.

“We demand severe sanctions against this show, ‘Sabahiyat,’ and the channel 2M,” said the petition.

For the part of the broadcasters, they have since removed the segment on their online platform. They also issued a public apology through their Facebook page. The channel described it as an “editorial error of judgment in view of the sensitivity and the gravity of the subject of violence against women.”

A video by Now This said that 63% of Moroccan women actually experience violence. Globally, there is one abused in every three women.