Rihanna’s new video for single “Man Down” is in hot water this morning due to the content on which the video is built for encouraging violence. The opening scene of the clip has Rihanna shooting a man and killing him in retaliation for a sexual assault.
“Man Down,” which debuted on Black Entertainment TV (BET) on Tuesday, is about female empowerment claims Rihanna as she wrote a tweet to fans. “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,’ wrote Rihanna.
Even though Rihanna thinks the only theme is female empowerment, The Parents Television Council, the Enough is Enough campaign, and Industry Ears called for BET and it’s parent company Viacom to stop airing the video that may have people thinking it’s ok to get revenge in the form of violence.
“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.
Porter said that in 30 years he had never witnessed “such a cold, calculated execution of murder in prime time.”
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.”
TALK: What do you think? Should Rihanna’s video be able to play on air or is it sending the wrong message?