Childrearing

Heather Morris ‘Glamorous’ Wife Beating Photos Make Domestic Abuse ‘Sexy’

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Just what our daughters need, seeing their favorite starlets styled in glamorous domestic abuse settings. Glee star Heather Morris recently sat for a series of portraits for photographer Tyler Shields in which she poses coyly over an ironing board with a big black eye. Reaching back for her high heel and twisting her ponytail in a 1950s-esque sun dress, the scene very much evokes a Betty Draper persona — after getting roughed up by an abusive Don Draper that is.

The use of domestic props no doubt suggests a housewife, and yet the “sexy” angle on the drinking of hot water from an iron eroticizes the abuse of women — namely wives.

The use of such household amenities, coupled with Heather’s black eye, is pretty tasteless considering that these types of scenarios are all too familiar to wives and children who actually suffer at the hands of domestic abuse.

What’s even more troubling is the depiction this offers children of both sexes. Seeing women bound with bruises and hot irons to their faces suggests that this type of treatment of women is not only acceptable, but even glamorous. And even if images of sexy actresses isn’t enough to sell that point to kids, it’s worth noting that Chris Brown, also a public figure, is still a free man after beating on ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

When asked about the motivation behind the photographs, photographer Shields had this transparent tidbit to say to E! News:

“In no way were we promoting domestic violence. We wanted to do a bruised-up Barbie shoot and that’s exactly what we did!” Shields exclusively tells E! News.

He further defended the his artistic “vision” to US magazine, telling them:

“Our shoot poses a lot of questions, but just like in real life, Heather is definitely not a victim. More like a really liberated woman.”

Note to all children that “liberated women” are often not marked by black eyes. Clearly the 24-year-old actress and photographer are going for shock value and nothing more.

(photo: tylershields.com)