Lifetime Television recently premiered the movie “Reviving Ophelia”, based on the best-selling book by Mary Pipher.
The movie centers around Elizabeth and Kelli, cousins who are each facing their own adolescent turmoil.
We’ve made great strides in recent years in clearly communicating the message that is never okay to hit a woman,” she 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.” Another mental health expert echoed her sentiments.
You can also download a Discussion Guide for Parents or Teens to help start the conversation after watching the movie.
Movie watchers have to take responsibility for examining the relationship content of movies and deciding whether or not they truly want to emulate what they see.
Below is a list of movies which highlight healthy aspects of various types of relationships.
Entertainment industry experts were quick to condemn the episode for glorifying domestic violence, with referring to Bass as a “textbook abuser” despite being portrayed as the “bad boy” character the audience is secretly rooting for.
Nevertheless, this certainly isn't the first time domestic abuse has received some "passionate" Hollywood treatment – On several occasions, domestic violence onscreen is explained away by storylines that indicate the characters don’t mean it, but are so caught up in the moment that they lose themselves.