Rihanna’s ‘S&M’ Video: Banned in 11 Countries?

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Rihanna is feeling the sting from her experience with “S&M”—the video, that is.

The singer’s ultra-steamy “S&M” clip, which made jaws drop worldwide following its release on Tuesday, has already been been banned in 11 countries, according to reports, with several countries in Southern Asia instituting an outright ban on the video, and Britain’s BBC Radio 1 restricting play of the song itself—a paean to the more outré forms of sexual gratification—to 7 p.m. and after.

Meanwhile, in the United States, YouTube is warning viewers that the video could be “inappropriate for some viewers” before allowing access.

So what’s the potentially offensive material? In the video, the “Rude Boy” singer, clad in latex, writhes sexually, cavorts with a blow-up doll, walks a man on a leash, seductively munches on a banana, and is suspended by ropes. (In case you missed it, check it out here—if feel such matter is appropriate, of course.)

The video, which was co-directed by Rihanna and Melina Matsoukas, was shot in mid-January in Los Angeles and, despite the racy imagery, Matsoukas insists that the clip has decidedly non-carnal undertones, noting that it was inspired by Rihanna’s “sadomasochist relationship with the press … it isn’t just about a bunch of whips and chains.”

Maybe Ri-Ri can film a follow-up video, chronicling the drubbing she’s receiving from censors.

Do you think Rihanna’s “S&M” video is too racy, or is this a case of international overreaction? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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