Rihanna Responds to 'Man Down' Video Controversy & Parents Television Council

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Rihanna's 'Man Down' Video
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The video for Rihanna's latest hit "Man Down," has caused a bit of a stir thanks to its stark portrayal of domestic violence, and now the 23-year-old singer is responding to the controversy.

It all began when the Parents Television Council spoke out against the video saying:

"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."
In the video, a violent relationship between Rihanna and her male "love" interest is shown, which ultimately ends in the male aggressor's death.

Now, Rihanna is speaking out against the controversy through her Twitter account. She tweeted various statements, saying:

"I'm a 23 year old rockstar 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"
If you haven't seen the violent video, you can watch it above.

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  • tkyeah

    I can't believe you're referring to this as a display of domestic violence. This was sexual assault. The male character in this scenario was not Rihanna's "love interest" - he was a dude at the club who was being aggressive and she pushed away, who later followed her out and raped her. Rihanna is bringing serious issues of sexual violence and aggression towards women to a huge audience with this video. Sure, gun violence is not the answer, but Rihanna should be applauded for using her celebrity status to broach the subject that so many people tip-toe around. How are we supposed to make the world safer for men and women if we don't address serious issues like rape and sexual violence?