Rihanna defends her ‘Man Down’ videoJune 2nd, 2011 - 11:33 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Los Angeles, June 2 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The music video of Rihanna’s song “Man Down” was premiered on BET last Tuesday. Just days after the video was released, some parents have slammed the piece saying it is too violent.
The singer who was famously abused by her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown in 2009 was seen shooting an unarmed man in the head at a train station. The video has been criticized by the Parents Television Council, the Enough Is Enough campaign and the Industry Ears for being too violent. The content of the video is not the only reason why the video is being slammed. The song contains violent lyrics which some people argue can incite hatred.
Melissa Henson of PTC told reporters 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.”
Just before Rihanna released the video, the singer tweeted on Monday telling her fans that the song was for young girls who have suffered abuse in their lives. Her tweet made it clear that she associates herself with such victims.
Rihanna or her reps have not responded to the criticisms that her video have received.
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