by Nigel Boys
Morality in Media is calling for a nationwide protest of Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network citing the reckless glorification of s*xual violence and torture depicted on the network.
The season premiere of Lisa Ling’s Our America on OWN portrayed the graphic depiction of “BDSM,” a form of “love making” that involves torture, whips and all kinds of things that scare us in the bedroom.
Dawn Hawkins, executive director of Morality in Media stated, “Women want to be loved, adored and cherished, not whipped, dominated and humiliated.” She went on to say, “Oprah and her OWN cable network seem desperate to bootstrap their flagging ratings to the tawdry and titillating world of torturous love portrayed in the bestseller, 50 Shades of Grey. This is purely trash TV and worse, it is entertainment likely to foster domestic abuse, primarily of women. I would have thought Oprah should lead the charge against such exploitation.” And added, “A responsible journalist would have at least mentioned that this form of activity has long been recognized as a mental disorder in the American Psychological Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.”
“Morality in Media believes all women, children and men have a natural human dignity, and that programming of this sort is inherently dehumanizing, corrupts healthy relationships, and grossly distorts a proper view of human sexuality,” said Hawkins.
Morality in Media is asking the public to contact OWN to protest this glorification of abuse and torture and return to the kind of uplifting programs that we expect from Oprah.
What do you think, did Oprah go too far?