Sunday, August 19, 2012

It's Never OK...

It’s Never OK…To Get Hit


          I was reading an article about Hope Solo’s new book "Solo: A Memoir of Hope". In a section of her book she tells of her time on “Dancing with the Stars” (DWTS) when she was partnered with Maks Chmerkovskiy. Things were getting frustrating during one of their rehearsals together and while the cameras were rolling, Hope states that Maks hit her. Hard. It made her ears ring. The article goes on to say that no one ever said anything to the producers and that Hope looked and acted like everything was ok on and off the camera. The show maybe trying to say that Hope is making this up by stating that she looked fine and that she and Maks looked fine together. There were no signs that she was slapped.

          I find Hope’s description of the event interesting. She just doesn’t leave it with, he slapped me. She goes on to say, that he slapped her hard. Like being slapped, unless it is hard is acceptable. Then she described the slap as causing her ears to ring. Again, she is insinuating that just getting slapped is not bad enough.

          It is never ok to get hit. Ever. A person never deserves it. When you have a disagreement with another person and they are using force to get you to agree with them, that is the wrong way to act. Whether they are using threats with their words, body language or actions, it is wrong. You are not a punching bag. A slap is wrong. A slight push is wrong. A threatening glare is wrong. Yelling is wrong. When someone is trying to control your behavior because it is not agreeing with their opinion, it is wrong.

          Whether it was a hard slap or not; whether the slap caused her ears to ring or not; Maks should not have have laid a hand on her in a violent way. Period.

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