- Chris Crippin, Jacob Hoggard, Tommy Mac, Dave RosinHedley band members
Remove the naughty nurse from the video "Crazy for You"
The video reinforces decades of naughty nurse imagery that contributes to an atmosphere of disrespect for the nursing profession, fosters sexual abuse in the workplace, and undermines nurses' claims for adequate resources they need to strengthen the profession and save lives.
- Hedley band members
Chris Crippin, Jacob Hoggard, Tommy Mac, Dave Rosin
I urge you to remove the "naughty nurse" elements from the 2014 video for Hedley's song "Crazy for You," and to withdraw the video from public view until you can do so.
As you know, the video features the band members as inmates in a prison-like mental health institution. Their sexy female jailers include an attractive young "nurse" with a short white dress, white stockings, high heels, and features that identify her as a nurse. The nurse character reappears at the end, walking away arm in arm with the band's lead singer.
Naughty nurse images reinforce the long association of nursing and female sexuality that lessens respect for the profession, contributes to sexual abuse and harassment in the workplace, and makes it hard for real nurses to get the resources they need to save lives. Sure, it's just a "joke," but research confirms that "jokes" that disparage women and other groups add to social disrespect for the targets. And putting the "nurse" in a situation in which her work edges so easily into romance with a patient undermines the sense of nursing as a real profession. In fact, it is neither nurses' job nor their inclination to seek romance with patients. Ultimately, this kind of imagery leads to a profession that may not be strong enough to save you--from mental illness or anything else.
Please edit out the naughty nurse parts of the "Crazy for You" video, avoid naughty nurse imagery in future endeavors, and make amends to nursing for this show of public disrespect.
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