In the clip for her latest single, “Man Down,” one dance with Rihanna just isn’t enough for a wrong-doing rasta man; when she leaves, he creeps after her. Bad turns to worse as he sexually assaults her in an alley.
See how she gets her revenge after the jump. Here’s a clue: It involves a little friend she calls Peggy Sue that fits in her shoe.
Paul Porter, co-founder of Industry Ears, bashed the “Man Down” video, saying that she’s only getting a pass for the violent vid because she’s playing the victim card she unfortunately received after being assaulted in real life by then-boyfriend Chris Brown, and asserts that there’s a double standard.
“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,” Porter says.
UPDATE: Rihanna’s taken to Twitter to snap back at “Man Down” critics saying, “The music industry isn’t exactly Parents R Us! We have the freedom to make art, LET US! It’s your job to make sure they don’t turn out like US.” “I’m a 23-year-old rockstar with NO KIDS,” she yelled in caps. “What’s up with everybody wanting me to be a parent? I’m just a girl, I can only be your/our voice!”
I tend to side with artists on this sort of stuff. It’s their job to make their art. And if you’re a parent, it’s yours to raise your children–not Rihanna’s, or any other pop star’s. Sure, in a perfect world everyone would be working with the same goal in mind, creating music and images that aren’t potentially damaging to kids, tweens, and teens. But that’s not the reality of this situation.
What do you think of all the controversy? Was Rihanna wrong to make such a vengeful video? Should it be edited or censored? Let us know in the comments section.