Rihanna Slams Critics Of 'man Down' Video
Having received condemnation after her ‘Man Down’ video was premiered on BET, Rihanna has taken to Twitter to strike back at her critics. The US-based Parents Television Council – who, according to their website, are ‘A non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment’, blasted Rihanna for releasing a video in which the Bajan-singer is depicted in an “implied rape scene with a man whom she later guns down in an act of premeditated murder...”
The PTC argued that Rihanna is sending out the wrong message to her younger fans and also criticised BET for airing the video when they knew that young fans would be watching. Melissa Henson, director of communications and public education for Parents Television Council, said in a statement: “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.”
Despite receiving heavy criticism, Rihanna did not apologise in her tweets and stood by her work. “I’m a 23 year old rockstar with NO KIDS! What’s up with everybody wanting me to be a parent? I’m just a girl, I can only be your/our voice!” tweeted RiRi, a victim of physical abuse herself. “Cuz we all know how difficult/embarrassing it is to communicate touchy subject matters to anyone especially our parents!”
Rihanna hit back at the criticism from PTC by claiming that it is the parents’ responsibility to teach their kids right from wrong and also suggested that artists should be free to tackle difficult situations that occur in the “real world”, and be able to provoke controversy and debate surrounding their work.
“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!” she added. “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.”
Words: Stephen Almond (@LFCSteAL)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)