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Picture of Man Choking Jennifer Lawrence Sparks Huge Internet Debate

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X-Men: Apocalypse is doing decently at the box office. Despite its lackluster reviews, and 7th place slot in terms of opening-weekend ranks for the nine X-Men films, the superhero film is still raking in the millions. And it looks like it’ll continue to do so as it heads into its second weekend in theaters. Especially since it’s making headlines again… albeit, for a horrible reason. (You know what they say: There’s no such thing as bad publicity.)

This week, actress Rose McGowan opened up a discussion about one particular X-Men ad that depicts Oscar Isaac‘s character, Apocalypse, choking Jennifer Lawrence‘s character, Mystique:

Twentieth Century Fox

Twentieth Century Fox

While the scene marks a pivotal moment in the flick, the Charmed star took the advertisement for what it was: a picture of a man strangling a woman. “There is a major problem when the men and women at 20th Century Fox think casual violence against women is the way to market a film,” she wrote to The Hollywood Reporter. “There is no context in the ad, just a woman getting strangled. The fact that no one flagged this is offensive and frankly, stupid. The geniuses behind this, and I use that term lightly, need to to take a long hard look at the mirror and see how they are contributing to society.”

“Imagine if it were a black man being strangled by a white man,” she continued. “Or a gay male being strangled by a hetero. The outcry would be enormous. So let’s right this wrong. 20th Century Fox, since you can’t manage to put any women directors on your slate for the next two years, how about you at least replace your ad?”

She concluded, “I’ll close with a text my friend sent, a conversation with his daughter. It follows: ‘My daughter and I were just having a deep discussion on the brutality of that hideous X-Men poster yesterday. Her words: ‘Dad, why is that monster man committing violence against a woman?’ This from a 9-year-old. If she can see it, why can’t Fox?”

Since then, the Internet’s been torn — on the one hand, people do agree with her view of the ad portraying violence against a woman:

On the other hand, people disagree, too — it’s simply a scene from the movie:

What are your thoughts on the debate? Weigh in!
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Violence against women is a HUGE topic that NEEDS to be discussed. Unfortunately, these female celebrities know it all too well:

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