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article imageWomen's groups criticize Toronto hospital's Gangnam Style video

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By Sherene Chen-See
Dec 24, 2012 in Health
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Toronto - This hilarious parody was made by Toronto medical residents studying obstetrics and gynecology at Sunnybrook Hospital's maternity ward. Unfortunately, one women's group took offense and it was removed from the official hospital site.
Kalina Christoff, founder of Humanize Birth, a nationwide group that advocates for women's rights in childbirth, claims that the video is offensive. In the video, obstetricians are shown as in full control over the childbirth process, said Christoff in an interview with National Post. As a result of her complaint, the hospital pulled the video from its official site.
That's not enough for Christoff and her organization, though, as they are demanding the hospital issue a public apology. They have started a Facebook page entitled "We Demand an Apology for Hospital Parody Video by U of T OBGYN Residents."
The original version of the video on the official hospital website reached 90,000 views before it was taken down. Below is a re-posted version of the video which, so far, has garnered over 17,000 views. Do you think the residents went too far?
Craig Duhamel, vice president of communications at Sunnybrook hospital, said in an interview with The Toronto Star that the hospital didn't mean to upset anyone. The residents work in an intense environment, in Canada's largest critical care hospital, and the video helped them ease the stress and have some fun. The students responsible for the video will not face any punishment from the hospital, he said.
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