Rihanna’s ‘Man Down’ Video Recalled By Viacom, BET to Stop Airing

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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.”

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2 thoughts on “Rihanna’s ‘Man Down’ Video Recalled By Viacom, BET to Stop Airing

  1. zamiblu

    “Porter said that in 30 years he had never witnessed “such a cold, calculated execution of murder in prime time.””

    really?! so this person has never heard of nor watched csi, law & order (pick anyone of the spinoffs), 48 hours, the first 48, 20-20 prime time, true blood, the wire, dexter, southland, america’s most wanted or ANY news channel? have they never watched their local news channel while footage of an actual crime has been caught on video and played over and over again?

    really?!

    this is a music video with artistic integrity which also happens to deal with an issue that women AND men (in case you’ve been living under a rock) deal with every day, all over the world. this a video telling a story and providing a reenactment, just like you see on america’s most wanted but i have yet to hear of anyone complaining about taking amw off the air for “such a cold, calculated execution of murder in prime time”.

    this is a music video and reenactment of 1 victim’s instinct when they have been violated. the only difference between this music video and reality is the fact that most victims feel so ashamed and dirty after they have been raped or molested that they aren’t thinking about running home, getting a gun and leaving a silver gift in the back of that person’s head. most of them tell no one and they deal with it in shame as if they are at fault in some way.

    “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.””

    how about getting angry and offended that a video like this STILL has to be made and the story STILL has to be told because women and men are still being raped, everyday, all over the world? how about making a statement that it’s not ok to violate someone even after they made it clear that they are not interested? how about making a statement that no matter how close you dance with someone in the club or how much alcohol you or the other person consume or no matter what that person is wearing, it’s still not ok to violate someone? how about making a statement that not only should the victims seek help but if you’ve been aggressive with women/men and tend to be hard of hearing when someone says no then you need to seek help as well?

    it saddens me that they missed the entire point of the video.

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