Carrie Hope Fletcher has been criticised on social media over comments she made in an episode of The 4:01 Show.
The singer was accused of blaming victims of sexual abuse in an episode called Carrie Hope Fletcher on relationships which was uploaded on Wednesday.
ugh. @401Show makes a video about "healthy relationships", includes the sentence "have the self-respect to say I don't want this" re: abuse
— Hex Croucher ✨💀 (@lexcanroar) April 19, 2014
The programme featured a deep and meaningful conversation (dubbed ‘DMC’ on the channel) between Carrie and presenter James Hill about what makes a good relationship. The show was made following recent allegations of sexual abuse within the YouTube community.
YouTuber Lex Croucher challenged comments made in her Tumblr post, also claiming that Carrie should take responsibility for what she had said.
I sincerely believe @CarrieHFletcher is not victim-blaming in encouraging people to say "no". People are twisting her words. She meant well.
— TombScare (@thetomska) April 19, 2014
Writing on her Tumblr, Carrie clarified her advice: “Your body language may be speaking for you but to be 100% explicit, speak out. Don’t leave room for interpretation. BEFORE you even have the chance to become a victim.”
Very sorry that my words in @401show weren't clear enough. I was not victim blaming but trying to encourage safe relationships and saying no
— Scary Hope FletchAHH (@CarrieHFletcher) April 19, 2014
The 4:01 Show has also responded on YouTube:
“Just to re-iterate, the video is an unscripted chat about relationships and our intended message was that no one should ever feel pressurised to do anything they are not comfortable with; healthy relationships are built on trust, honesty and communication. We want to encourage young people to talk to their partners about boundaries and how they feel. Both The 4:01 Show and Carrie would never place blame on victims of abuse – abuse is absolutely unacceptable, and if you feel you have been affected by any of the issues raised in the video and want to talk to someone about it, then ChildLine are always available on 0800 1111. You can also visit this link for advice: https://www.childline.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx“
As @thetomska put it, encouraging people to say no isn't victim blaming.
— Bethan Leadley (@musicalbethan) April 19, 2014
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