Rihanna once again is at the center of controversy. This time the 23-year-old singer has the Parents Television Council foaming at the mouths over her latest video single, “Man Down”. The video starts out with a busy public square which I assume is in the Barbados, the country Rihanna is from. The focus turns to Rihanna holding a revolver and firing it at a man. The man dies there in the square and the video goes into playing the song revealing the events that led to Rihanna killing this man. Rihanna sings, “What started out as a simple altercation turns into a real sticky situation.” What Rihanna is referring to in the song, which we see in the video, is that she innocently flirts with a guy and he ends up raping her. After “Man Down” premiered on BET, the Parents Television Council released a statement saying that the video “gives retaliation in the form of premeditated murder the imprimatur of acceptability.” While Rihanna did not comment to the press directly, she did make statements on her Twitter account.
I honestly love the video and think it is one of Rihanna’s best videos to date. The problem with the Parents Television Council is that they are a group of conservative Christians that think a lot of issues such as homosexuality, teenage sexuality, etc should be swept under the rug and never talked about. The reality is that one way or another kids find out about these issues and sometimes it’s after the fact. In all honesty even though murder is never the answer when it comes to sexual assault, that’s not the point of the video. Rihanna presented that scenario to open dialogue on sexual assault. One of the tweets that Rihanna put on Twitter states it best, “We’re strong innocent fun flirtatious vulnerable, and sometimes our innocence can cause us to be naive! We always think it could NEVER be us, but in reality, it can happen to ANY of us!”