Rihanna’s Violent “Man Down” Video Blasted By Parents Television Council

Jun 2nd, 2011 // 9 Comments

Can Rihanna release a music video anymore without running into some controversy? Her clip for Loud single “S&M” was banned in 11 countries and even got her sued by photographer David LaChapelle, and now her new video for “Man Down”, in which RiRi commits first degree murder of a man who sexually assaulted her, is being condemned by various groups, including the Parents Television Council.

Upon the release of the video, Rihanna tweeted a series of messages to her fans about the point of “Man Down”. “Young girls/women all over the world…we are a lot of things!” she wrote. “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! So ladies be careful.”

But her implied message of female empowerment was not received by the Parents Television Council and a variety of other organizations, including the Enough Is Enough campaign and Industry Ears.

“If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop. Rihanna should not get a pass,” said Paul Porter of Industry Ears, which campaigns against negative images in the media. They have asked BET and its parent company Viacom to stop airing the video immediately.

Porter also expressed that “in 30 years he had never witnessed ‘such a cold, calculated execution of murder in prime time.’”

Melissa Henson of the Parents Television Council complained that “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.”

Today, Rihanna has responded to these statements through Twitter. “I’m a 23 year old rockstar with NO KIDS! What’s up with everybody wantin me to be a parent?” she wrote in a series of tweets. “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.”

As indicated in our first post on the video, we’re going to have to side with the Parents Television Council with this one. Rihanna’s intent with “Man Down” might have been to discourage violence towards women by showing that if you physically assault somebody, you won’t get away with it. But all we gleaned from this storyline was the idea that it’s acceptable to turn to violence to get back at those who hurt you. The singer and her team of people are allowed to make whatever art they want — but that doesn’t mean we have to agree with it.

How about you? Do you think RiRi’s video should be banned?

[Billboard]

  1. bee

    NO WAy!!! this video was amazing and shows a part of society that people try to hide. but hiding it does not protect anyone.hiding the bad and only showing the good will only hurt kids because they need to know the dangers taht are out there and not go out into the world blind to the evil. good job Rihanna for showing the world something they need to see

  2. leona

    Her 5 mins of fame has to end NOW this girl with NO talent just selling her image …what happened to the critic..they should say something about it ..VIOLENCE IS NOT A SOLUTION & MUSIC VIDEO SHOULD BE FUN NOT MURDERING SOMEONE

  3. AH

    A lot of movies and TV shows depict murders…aired on television. There is footage of war and crime and shootouts on CNN…aired on television. What makes this music video any different? It’s almost a form of entertainment to some people. Personally, I think “parents” should be more concerned about children and teens playing extremely violent, realistic video games than a music video.

  4. Ree Ree

    How many times do we see woman being brutalized in videos and TV? I think it good for Ri Ri to tell em! ACT A FOOL WITH ME AND MAN DOWN! Haha

  5. I just noticed a pattern, the person that’s the head of the PTC is sexist. He never complains when the issue is about a man being sexually explicit. Every single time he is outraged it’s when a woman does something. She is just expressing herself, and Chris Brown has expressed himself in other depictive ways. I’m a fan of his work, but it’s clear that Paul Porter is extremely judgmental of what women do, but forgets to mention anything a man does wrong. get over your complex buddy.

  6. Sarah

    This is stupid. Why don’t we also ban Dexter, all the CSI/cop/lawyer/murder shows on TV, every dumb movie about a murder/fight/conflict. . . .

  7. There are so many videos that should have been banned, but never did. For e.g Marques Houston- Naked, Trey Songz -Neighbours Know My Name and Usher- Trading Places those videos are like DAYTIME PORN, but a video that has a powerful message gets negative attention I don’t get it smh.

  8. RYK101

    those organizations and this blog are rubbish, people does not want to think anymore you gotta think of the video and find out the concept

    and leona, gurl you want happy videos? go and watch disney and nickloedon leave the real world alone

  9. too much drama

    Sure, ban an entertainment video, along with any television program that contains content that someone objects to. Then we can burn all the objectionable books, heretics and witches…

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