Violent women in TV dramas?

Phoebe Waller-Bridge: it's “refreshing and oddly empowering”

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GMB's Piers Morgan criticises Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge for calling Killing Eve violence "empowering"

Piers Morgan has taken aim at Phoebe Waller-Bridge for her comments that the female-fronted violence in her hit series Killing Eve is "refreshing and oddly empowering".

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday (March 10), the creator said: "I think people are slightly exhausted by seeing women being brutalised on screen.

"We're being allowed to see women on slabs the whole time and being beaten up, and in some ways that's important to see because it shows the brutality against women.

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Is it empowering to see violent women in TV dramas?

By Daniel J. McLaughlin

'Killing Eve' will return to our screens for a second series. The BBC spy drama will be back next month, continuing the cat-and-mouse chase between a MI5 officer and a psychopathic assassin.

The show's creator, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, spoke ahead of its release, saying it is "empowering" to see violent women on television.

However, Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan has attacked the "choice of language" by the actor and writer.

The Claim

Phoebe Waller-Bridge argues that it is “refreshing and oddly empowering” to see female characters being violent on television, the Guardian reports.

The 'Killing Eve' creator said it was "slightly exhausting" seeing women being brutalised on screen all the time.

Waller-Bridge, who also created and starred in sitcom 'Fleabag', told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show: “We’re being allowed to see women on slabs the whole time and being beaten up, and in some ways that’s important to see because it shows the brutality against women.

“Seeing women being violent, the flipside of that is refreshing and oddly empowering."

The Counterclaim

However, Piers Morgan has criticised her "choice of language" during a debate on ITV's Good Morning Britain.

He said that it is not "empowering" for either sex to commit violent crimes, according to Digital Spy.

The host asked: "Is it really empowering in a feminist way to have women running around slaughtering people and committing heinous acts?"

He added: "It may be refreshing that it's not always just men being depicted – it might be interesting that we now have women doing it – but that word 'empowering', which has become the buzz word of our time, it seems an odd time to use it."

Morgan, who filmed a documentary on female killers for ITV, said that in reality, it is not empowering - "it's actually disgusting, as it is with men when they do it".

The Facts

'Killing Eve' will return for a second series after first airing last year. An action-packed trailer was released on February 14, followed by a promo to tie in with International Women’s Day last week, the Radio Times reports.

The BBC spy drama follows Eve Polastri (played by Sandra Oh), a MI5 officer, who is tasked with tracking down the ruthless globe-hopping assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer).

It was created by Waller-Bridge, but actor and writer Emerald Fennell will be taking over as lead writer for the new series.

It was a success with both critics and viewers, becoming one of the most watched series on the BBC iPlayer.

The spy drama was named as the best show of 2018 by Time magazine and the Guardian. It also featured in the best TV shows lists in other publications.

'Killing Eve' is rated 97 per cent on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. The critics consensus reads: "Seductive and surprising, Killing Eves' twist on the spy vs. spy conceit rewards viewers with an audaciously entertaining show that finally makes good use of Sandra Oh's talents."

The second series of 'Killing Eve' will air in the United States on April 7. The UK air date has not been released, but it is expected to follow shortly afterwards.

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