Rihanna has responded to the backlash over her latest music video, Man Down.
The Parents Television Council condemned the singer for portraying a shooting and depicting a “cold, calculated execution of murder” in the promo.
In the video, directed by Anthony Mandler, Rihanna is seen gunning down a man in retaliation for an apparent sexual assault.
“Rihanna’s personal story and status as a celebrity superstar provided a golden opportunity for the singer to send an important message to female victims of rape and domestic violence,” said Melissa Henson, PTC official. She continued: “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.”
Also disturbed by the video is the co-founder of media justice think tank Industry Ears, Paul Porter. He said: “If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop. Rihanna should not get a pass and BET should know better. The video is far from broadcast worthy.”
Rihanna’s tweet that the video included “a very strong underlying message 4 girls like me (sic)” also drew criticism from the PTC.
The singer has since addressed the controversy on Twitter.
She wrote: “I’m a 23-year-old rock star with NO KIDS! What’s up with everybody wantin me to be a parent? I’m just a girl, I can only be your/our voice!
“Cuz we all know how difficult/embarrassing it is to communicate touchy subject matters to anyone especially our parents!
“And this is why!Cuz we turn the other cheek! U can’t hide your kids from society,or they’ll never learn how to adapt!This is the REAL WORLD!
“The music industry isn’t exactly Parents R Us! We have the freedom to make art, LET US! Its your job to make sure they dont turn out like US.”
Watch the Man Down video below:
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