Rihanna's "Man Down" Video Draws Ire From Groups Across the US
Fri, 03 Jun 2011 11:05:53
Reuters reports that Rihanna's new music video, in which the singer guns down a man in retaliation for an apparent sexual assault, was condemned on Wednesday for encouraging young women to turn to violence.
RiRi took to Twitter to expose the message of the video and the song, posting this message: "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."
"If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop. Rihanna should not get a pass," said Paul Porter, co-founder of Industry Ears, which campaigns against negative images in the media.
Melissa Henson of the Parents Television Council said 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."
These are obviously conservative groups who aren't super into the First Amendment.
Watch the video here.
What do you think of Rihanna's video for "Man Down?"