Rihanna took to Twittosphere to rant about he Parents Television Council and other organisations that slammed the video for her evocative song “Man Down” for its depiction of calculated crime.

The Parents Television Council, the Enough Is Enough campaign and the entertainment think tank Industry Ears released a statement on Wednesday condemning the video for what the group said was an apparent enticement to young women to turn to violence.

Industry Ears co-founder Paul Porter, a former programming director at BET said, ” ‘Man Down’ is an inexcusable, shock-only, shoot-and-kill theme song” while PTC’s Melissa Henson lamented that “Instead of telling victims they should seek help, Rihanna released a music video that gives retaliation in the form of premeditated murder the imprimatur of acceptability.”

PTC went want one step further by dragging Rihanna’s ex Chris Brown into the controversy by the following statement:

If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop. Rihanna should not get a pass…

Rihanna responded to the criticism with the following tweets:

This is not the first time, of course, RiRi’s videos have courted controversy. The sexually suggestive “S&M” video was banned in a number of countries earlier this year while the video for her collaboration with Eminem, “Love the Way You Lie” was criticised for allegedly glorifying domestic violence.

We feel any public message that raises the issue of rape is a powerful one, regardless of what it is considered to depict. Since the video premiere, Rihanna has continued to use her star power to spread the word:

Young girls/women all over the world … we are a lot of things! We’re strong innocent fun flirtatious vulnerable, and sometimes our innocence can cause us to be naive! We always think it could NEVER be us, but in reality, it can happen to ANY of us! So ladies be careful and #listentoyomama! I love you and I care!


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2 Responses

  1. nicola

    okay i dont think the start was a clever move and the guns are not a good message.. but i like the rest of the video, its like a mini film…


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