NOW: Top Model shouldn’t be “making entertainment out of” violence against women

Wednesday’s episode of America’s Next Top Model 8 featured the models playing dead for their photo shoot. They posed as corpses after they were given stories about how they were “killed” by the other models in the competition.

The results were certainly graphic; for example, Diana was sprawled in a hallway with gory holes over her kidneys and heart, while Dionne posed in front of a bloody wall splattered with her brain.

Nearly all of the photos were praised by the judges, but not everyone liked the idea of the photo shoot. The president of New York City’s National Organization for Women chapter, Sonia Ossorio, told the New York Daily News, “Violence against women is such a reality in our society that I certainly don’t need the entertainment industry making light of it and making entertainment out of it. It’s supremely ironic, when it’s a show geared toward women about women, and about glamour.”

Tyra’s rapped on gory TV pix [New York Daily News]

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