Domestic violence is no laughing matter, especially when there are children involved. But for audience members attending the Jeremy Kyle Show, which as best I can tell is an English version of Jerry Springer, it was sidesplittingly funny.
A man appeared on the show to confront his violent ex about their two children, which the man was not sure were his on account that the woman, Danni, had been cheating on him.
While sharing his story with Kyle, he detailed one incident in which Danni had hit him and another in which she locked him in a third-floor flat.
Unable to escape from the flat, he eventually exited through the balcony and ended up injuring himself.
It was this last episode that the audience found hilarious — so much so that Jeremy Kyle decided to pause his show long enough to deliver this epic rant against what he felt was the hypocrisy of how men and women look at domestic violence.
“It’s not funny, though. Can I tell you why it’s not funny? I don’t want to upset any of the audience because I completely appreciate the fact that you’re here, but I’ll tell you why I don’t think you should laugh. If it was the other way around and a woman sat here and a bloke had locked her in a flat and she had to jump out and injured herself, you lot would not be laughing. You’d be saying, ‘He’s a complete nightmare, he should be locked up and that’s just disgraceful.’ But somehow if it happens to a bloke, that’s funny. That’s not funny is it?”
The man, Geoff, later said that he would never hit Danni back though he would hit doors and other inanimate objects to deal with the frustration of dealing with her abuse.
“What a great environment in which to bring two children,” Kyle said.
Later on the show, Danni got the opportunity to defend herself, and from the looks of things, she’s not too much different than her ex described her.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) — and a report from the National Domestic Violence Hotline — one in seven men 18 years or older are the victim of domestic violence at the hands of an intimate partner in their lifetime, and one in 10 men “has experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.”
Do you think that Jeremy Kyle was right to shut down the laughter, and is there a double standard in society regarding how domestic violence is treated? Share your thoughts in our comments section.
[Image via The Jeremy Kyle Show, linked above]