Emma Watson is one of numerous celebrity females to be included in a controversial domestic violence campaign.
The images depict the celebs covered in cuts and bruises, and it is intended to raise awareness by suggesting even the rich and famous can fall victim to abuse.
The campaign was created by Alexsandro Palombo following International Day for Elimination of Violence on November 25, for the ‘No Woman is Immune from Domestic Violence project’.
Edited photos of Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Angelina Jolie, Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart, Madonna, and Gwyneth Paltrow have also been used alongside Watson.
Palombo has explained why he used celebrities, suggesting their status means people would not think such abuse in their lives would be unlikely.
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.”
According to court documents relating to Kim Kardashian’s divorce from first husband Damon Thomas, she suffered domestic abuse at the music producer’s hands as he allegedly beat her and demanded to know her whereabouts at all times.
Kim divorced Thomas in 2003, with it reported in court papers that she was thrown against walls, across rooms and punched in the face by her ex.
The intention of these images is undeniably coming from a good place and highlighting a real issue, but given the point is that domestic violence could affect anyone, why not make it an inclusive campaign? Don’t just use celebrities, or just women for that matter. That would reflect the true nature of domestic violence.
But regardless of whether or not it is the most appropriate campaign, the shock value has certainly created a dialogue which in turn raises awareness of a very serious matter.
With that said, it turns out that, according to TMZ, both Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner did not give permission for their images to be used in the campaign – and have summoned their lawyers to ‘issue a warning’ to artist Alexsandro Palombo.