Celebrities have always been outspoken in their support for various goodwill organizations and protection services, and domestic violence against women has been no exception. However, it seems that a recent campaign has been attracting attention for all the wrong reasons.
In recent days, hard-hitting images of a number of female A-listers have gone viral. Photographs of Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Angelina Jolie, Miley Cyrus, Emma Watson, Kristen Stewart, Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna have surfaced on the Internet, portraying the women bruised all black and blue as sad victims of brutal domestic violence.
Yet, upon first glance the images appeared as official campaigns raising awareness, it was soon brought to light that they were merely photoshopped photos manipulated by artist Alexsandro Palombo.
Uploading the pictures onto his Facebook page, he published them under the slogan "Life can be a fairytale if you break the silence" in an effort to support the International Day for Elimination of Violence on November 25.
Writing on one of his own posts, Palombo says:
“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.”
Ultimately, his message works to create a better world, in which women are safe from violence in their own homes -- a problem that continues to ravage millions of households all over the world to this day.
Yet despite spreading much-needed awareness, it appears that Palombo has gotten himself into some trouble.
Since the photoshopped photographs were published, it's unknown if Miley Cyrus and some of the other women pictured have given their permission for the photos to remain. However, it's known that Kendall Jenner and her sister Kim Kardashian were less than happy to have their images used and adapted without their consent. This is all despite being very supportive of the cause in principle, of course!
In fact, the sisters have issued the artist a mild warning, stating that they did not give their permission to be part of the campaign, regardless of whether it was spreading positive awareness or not.
What do you think?