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Rihanna’s New Music Video “Man Down” Continues To Spark Debate

Mike Vulpo |
June 3, 2011 | 11:54 a.m. PDT

Associate Entertainment Editor

Rihanna (creative commons)
Rihanna (creative commons)
Rihanna’s latest music video is causing plenty of controversy. In the first moments of the video for her song “Man Down,” a female is shown murdering a man with a gun in a crowded train station. Then, the video goes back in time to explain the motives for why the woman chose to kill the male. The reason? The man had recently raped her.

When the Parents Television Council saw the video, they publicly expressed their outrage of the murder scene. Another watchdog group called “Industry Ears” pointed out, “If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop. Rihanna should not get a pass…”

Rihanna went to her Twitter page to defend her music video. In response to the controversy, she tweeted to her fans, “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!” Later, she told her followers, “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.”

Chris Brown also had several tweets that may have addressed his ex-girlfriend’s video. Brown tweeted, “I never claim to be no saint but by no means am I trying to promote death, violence,and destruction with my music!” He later went on to clarify, “And for all the idiots in the audience this convo wasn't for @rihanna.” It’s up to you to decide if you believe that.

As of now, BET continues to play the music video, Rihanna is not backing down, and the controversy continues.

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