Rihanna's new video Man Down (above) is causing a lot of trouble in just one day. The Parents Television Council has come forward to put RiRi on blast for having a "cold, calculated execution of murder" in the vid. They do not approve - but maybe they don't understand.
The council's argument against the video is that gunning down a man, regardless of the fact that he is a rapist, in a crowded, public area is NOT the sort of message RiRi should be sending to her fans and isn't a suitable form of justice. In their statement with regards to the video, the council adds:
"If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop. Rihanna should not get a pass …"
Okay, they aren't wrong there, but did they have the sound off when they were watching this video? Do they not hear the lyrics? The song isn't about justifying killing someone who has hurt you. The song is about how violence shouldn't beget more violence. It's about a woman doing the unthinkable after having the unthinkable done to her - and feeling remorse about it. At least, that is our interpretation.
What do U think? Does the PTC have a point or are they reaching for conflict?
Tags: man down, murder, music video, rape, rihanna, statement, trouble, violence