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Rihanna Responds To More Man Down Backlash!

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Wow! So articulate! And so right!

Rihanna is once again speaking out about the controversy surrounding her latest music video for Man Down, and called in to 106 & Park to discuss why it's so important that she included the murder scene in the clip!

Check out the interview (above)!

She pretty much sums it up perfectly when she says:

“Rape is happening all over the world and right in our own home and we continue to cover it up and pretend it doesn’t happen. I personally don’t condone violence or murder. I’ve been abused in the past and you don’t see me running around killing people in my spare time. I just want girls to be careful.”

Exactly! It's her right to sing about whatever she wants, and we think it's inspiration that she's using her platform to bring awareness to REAL-LIFE VIOLENCE that happens in society every day that doesn't get the attention and repercussions it NEEDS!

So proud of you for holding your ground, gurl!

You're doing the right thing!

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37 comments to “Rihanna Responds To More Man Down Backlash!”

  1. 1

    Funny that people go up in arms when a female has violence in her video, same thing happened with Madonna's "What it Feels Like for a Girl".

  2. 2

    Hype it up all you want….the song sucks, so the video is a mute point (even though she made it controversial in an effort to get attention…)

  3. 3

    Oh please, she is a manufactured pop whore who is using her victim status to become contreversal.

  4. 4

    Rihanna's video is telling a story, the same story that happens all over the world. I was raped when I was 17 by a supposed friend that I had know since the 5th grade. I didn't tell anyone for over a year. Women are made to feel like its something that should be kept quiet and that is so wrong. As a victim myself, I agree with and support Rihanna's video. Those who don't approve, obviously have never been through this type of violence. The "gun" is simply depicting a defense mechanism. Its symbolic. It doesn't mean that it is okay to shoot someone, but it means that you must stand up against it. Thank you Rihanna for addressing such a hush, hush issue. Someone needs too!!!

  5. 5

    ….they did it to sell records , and its apparently working……..

  6. 6

    stupid bitch. shes not an artist and has no right trying to make a statement when she clearly hasn't researched or supported the message. As for this rebuttal, bitch please, dont say you dont condone it then do it in your videos and why are you talking about rape when they anger is about the murder???? because you haven't a leg to stand on you just wanted attention because you have no artistic vision or talent. this goes for men and women who do the same crap. HOWEVER I will say that these fuckers complaining only further destroy their right to free speech as their outbursts always cause some stupid unnecessary rule to be made up. If you dont like it don't watch it if you really want to protect your kids be a better parent and stop letting media and tv teach your kids everything.

  7. 7

    As long as she acts like a slut over and over again, in both her performances and in her personal life, she is a poor role model for anything like this. She's a cheap whore, and crying about rape when she's giving it away every time she's photgraphed is ridiculous. She should just go away now . Oh, and the song sucks - so this is probably some publicity stunt. No one would listen to this song otherwise.

  8. 8

    I don't see what all the fuss is about. It isn't the first time this issue has come in music videos, I remember the same controversy over the Garth Brooks for "The Thunder Rolls"

  9. 9

    Crapy excuse to create controversy…PATETIC.

  10. 10

    She is such a fraud. Ugh when I hear her sing i want to rip out my ear drums. Her video was classless and tacky and it is not spreading awareness about rape so she can bump all that. When I first heard the song (without the video) and just listened to the lyrics I thought the shot him dead etc was a metaphor for killing him with heartbreak.. that would have been a more powerful message.

  11. 11

    Re: Wenchtits – they did the same thing in the Jay Z video tho as well.. when he shot a scene depicting his own murder.

  12. 12

    For someone who constantly states that "violence is NEVER the answer" you sure are taking a lot of time to support a video in which violence is apparently the answer. I love reading your site, and I respect you Perez, but sometimes you're way too contradictory.

  13. 13

    if u think she wrote that….get real…not a brain in her head…all she can do is shop

  14. 14

    Good going BET and Rihanna. This isn’t new territory, The idea of a wronged woman taking vengeance isn’t something new. look at some of the other popular artists throughout the years…
    Garth Brooks - Thunder Rolls
    Dixie Chicks - Goodbye Earl
    Aerosmith - Janie's Got A Gun
    Martina McBride - Independence Day
    And those are just a few. All those songs were railed against in their day and all of them went onto be successful songs. eventually all the negative press will die down and people will eventually see this as just a step for Rihanna to work through her stuff and to show her fans that even in the face of all she went through she isn’t going to be seen as a victim the rest of her life, she is a survivor, she has gone through all that stuff and she is on the other side, a stronger woman.

  15. 15

    There are so many ugly responses to her. She is right, & people can't stand the thought of giving her credit, so they would rather let those true colors show through. This video + the lyrics= an anti violent message. It really isn't that hard to get.

  16. 16

    it all doesnt really matter, violence is everywhere, in movies, in the news, in music videos. what about all the gangster music videos! People just need something to complain about. Its what we teach in our own homes is what counts the most!!!!!!!

  17. 17

    Re: Cha_Cha_the famous – Agreed. I think the beat down may have been the best thing that happened to her career.

  18. 18

    Re: YaItsMe – You are disgusting

  19. sof says – reply to this


    Re: jeanmarie – Just because someone has sex and dresses provocative doesn't make it OK for a person to be raped. People like you disgust me.

  20. 20

    love this song and love rihanna!!!

  21. 21

    Re: pinkpoppyseed – I hear you're saying about not keeping it quiet, but no matter what Rihanna says is her saintly way of dealing with the issue, the video depicts violence solving violence. don't give me that "the gun symbolizes…" because it's subjective and what everyone sees is a chick committing cold murder. rihanna's just spouting shit at this point to justify her video. it doesn't surprise me she did it that way tho

  22. 22

    Re: futuremrslabeouf – Bottom line …. everyone is entitled to their opinion. Sure, she does a lot for attention, so do most people in her line of business. All the controversy = money for her …. but still, it is a serious issue. I do not condone violence either. If so, I would have done the same thing 15yrs ago.

  23. 23

    what rihanna needs to do to be taken seriously on this issue is — stop talking about how you like to be beaten during sex. she's such a fucking idiot.

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  25. 25

    Re: Titanpvr – Whats pathetic is your spelling…

  26. 26

    For a long time, I have suspected that Rihanna has experienced rape. Even before she made this song. Her behaviour indicates abuse, especially in her childhood. So when she got in a relationship with Brown, which was very obviously a toxic relationship due to both of their personalities, it was a confirmation of my suspicions being correct. And then later to find out that she was indeed abused by her father, saw her mother being abused, and then to make such a music video, it was further confirmation. Rihanna also does not strike me as a person who would bring awareness to something that wasn't close to home. She either know someone who's close to her and who has been raped, or she's been raped herself. Brown is antisocial, and they often force themselves on others, and Brown has been accused of trying to rape someone in the past, which fits his personality, so I would not be shocked if he has forced her into doing something she did not want to do. I don't particularly like Rihanna, but I feel for her if I am indeed right. There are very few people who deserves such a grave and torturous experience.

  27. 27

    Funny because I didnt think shooting a man in cold blood was good for showcasing rape? She could have taken this video in so many ways and yet the only thing people get out of this song is that she shot a man.

  28. 28

    My gosh she is a complete moron..

  29. 29

    Re: pinkpoppyseed – Well put. You're awesome (:

  30. 30

    Re: Red Panda – Thank you :)

  31. 31

    Re: Wenchtits – I know right? Nobody's complaining that Kanye and Jay Z were playing with dead girls' insides and hung them from the ceiling like dead meat in Kanye's Monster video? Seriously, that shiz sent a MUCH bigger chill down my spine than any Rihanna video of a woman defending herself EVER could. She's got a message, let her speak it best she can, through her songs and her videos. At least she's not being quiet about something we ALL know is happening every minute to a woman somewhere in the world.

  32. Sanz says – reply to this


    Re: pinkpoppyseed – I'm sad to hear about what happened to you, and while you may be a perfect role model for speaking against violence against women, Rihanna is not. I was devastated when I found out she was assaulted but her latter actions just took away from me feeling anything remotely sad for her. She hasn't spoken out about it for like a year, and I realize it may be hard for a normal woman to come to terms with what happened, but with her, it was all highly publicized so she didn't have to take the first step of having to share the horrific events with someone, plus she had so many people wishing her well and thousands of highly professional psychiatrists at her disposal. Instead, we hear news she's still sleeping with the man who assaulted her, she milks the story for all it's worth to promote a new album, collaborates with who must be the BIGGEST woman degrader (sp) in the whole of music business, Eminem. Furthermore, even the song is about violence where SHE declares she likes how it hurts. And all of her post-assault songs are about nothing but animalistic sex. She's the biggest saddest shameless famewhore in the music business and I have absolutely no pity for her anymore.

  33. 33

    Re: Sanz – I appreciate your kind words. I absolutely agree with all of your comments. If nothing else, her controversial video is drawing some attention to the topic of rape. Although at the same time it is drawing attention to violence, which should never be condoned even by the victim. Rihanna has the potential to be such a great role model with her celebrity status and it does sadden me that she insists on doing all these "bad girl" performances were she talks about whips and chains and being abused (love the way you lie song) and "liking" it. So, I totally agree with you about that. I think a better ending to the video may have been showcasing some women who have been through that and showing that even after such a tragic event you can pick yourself up and be the better person by forming a happy family, career, etc. (:

  34. 34

    I thought the controversy wasn't about her putting rape out into the open, but portraying violence as a response to rape…

  35. 35

    Re: Sanz – I know you were responding to Pinkpoppyseed, but I just wanted to say I totally agree with you. This whole thing - the way she just brushed off the responsibility - made me lose all respect for her. She says she wants to get out a message that rape should not be ignored, but the way she went about it was so thoughtless.

  36. 36

    Re: pinkpoppyseed – you "agree with and support Rihanna's video," but I don't get what part— that she killed a human being or what? because no matter how noble your thoughts on the issue of rape, that's not what's going on in the vid so I don't quite understand… but whatever. bottom line is everyone agrees rape is bad. and Re: Sanz – , you took the words out of my mouth. it's pretty hypocritical of her to be claiming to champion the wronged when she's not made a single responsible decision in light of what brown did to her. I can't take her seriously anymore. I've never liked her music, but at least I used to like her as a person, no more, I've lost all respect for her.

  37. 37

    Re: futuremrslabeouf – I am simply stating my opinion as a victim myself. Not looking for an argument. What I agree with and support is the fact that she is bringing attention to the subject. Both rape and the violence. Because most women who go through this do go through the emotions of denial, anger, etc. And sometimes it feels like the only way to get justice is to take care of things yourself, since the law only seems to give offenders a "slap on the wrist" most of the time. I personally do not condone shooting someone, but I think it brings attention to the fact that YES, that does happen sometimes because the law doesn't typically help. Here's the problem: They give them 4 months in jail, so that when they get out they are mad at you for the fact they were in there to begin with, then they come to get you again. The HOPE would be that this subject is taken more seriously so that women don't feel like they need to do what Rihanna did in the video. And I realize that some areas do take this topic seriously within the judicial system - and that is wonderful, but the problem is all the areas that still DO NOT.