Why would anyone want to batter Angelina Jolie’s face this way, especially after seeing what Chris Brown went through when he battered then girlfriend, Rihanna, in 2012? Was it Brad Pitt? You guessed wrong; it was Alexsandro Palombo!
- Battered Rihanna
Activist, Alexsandro Palombo, was trying to draw attention to the ugly effect of domestic violence and decided to photoshop faces of stars like Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian, Madonna, Kendall Jenner, Emma Watson, Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart, and others, in a way that depicts them as victims of domestic violence. This was to raise awareness and reflection about important social and cultural issues.
Highlighting the drive behind his action, Palombo said: 'The biggest accomplice of violence is the silence, a silence which every year kills or causes permanent disability more than diseases or accidents.
'Domestic violence is a social cancer that knows no boundaries nor social status, it can affect anyone, whether you're an ordinary person or a celebrity.
'To defeat him you need to use the antidote of culture by educating and raising awareness on Respect and Equality. Each of us has do their part to help increase awareness and to change things by any means.'
Among Palombo’s famous works are disabled Disney Princesses, Disney Princesses as Breast Cancer Survivors and The Simpsons Go To Auschwitz.
His depiction of victims of domestic violence as all females has raised questions about the place of men is this social ill. I wondered: are we trying to imply that men don’t suffer domestic battering, by the exclusion of male faces? To the contrary, much of domestic battering experienced by men goes undocumented, unreported. This often happens because, while women are more likely to be open about domestic abuse, men are more reserved about it and wouldn’t want to be mocked by associates when they find out that a woman has battered them.
Ranging from ego battering to physical harm, men regularly suffer. “Are you are man? So if they ask men to queue up, you too will join the queue?” some women have asked their husbands, when the going starts getting rough, especially financially. Scathing, stabbing comments from spouses often leave some men badly bruised emotionally which often results in some men resorting in reciprocal physical abuse of partners, besides other risky behaviors like alcoholism.
No gender deserves to be battered, male or female. It is important to draw attention to this ugly menace that continues to plague homes, thus creating very unstable nucleus environments that snowballs into a dangerous would stage.
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