Is Rihanna taking victimization too far? The singer’s new video Man Down has caused an outrage amongst the Parents Television Council for its graphic murder scene: On set, Rihanna portrays a sexually assaulted victim who retaliates by killing her attacker. In other words “Pulls the trigger pulls the trigger BOOM”. Man down. I get it, domestic abuse is wrong, but is she glorifying violence? If her objective is to empower women why is she sending mixed messages by singing in the track of Eminem’s video, The Way you Lie, where Megan Fox and Co-Star simulate a physically-abusive-highly-dysfunctional relationship.
In the words of the biggest attention whore in history, (Paris Hilton) “ Any press is good press” but is Rihanna doing this for attention or just glued to controversy?
The video aired Wednesday on BET , the theme’s obvious dark undertone derives from Rihanna’s 2009 incident with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. Who—as we all know—has been an undying story and a thorn in Chris’s you know what. Rihanna’s creative venting may never end, but does it give her the right to promote violence as a form of artistic expression? Or is it unfair to judge her? One thing stands out, sending any message to the public should be thought-out and executed carefully.
The video sends one message only: Retaliation is sweet and haunting.
In defense to her video, Rihanna tweeted:
"Young girls/women all over the world ... we are a lot of things! 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 and #listentoyomama! I love you and I care!"
Is the media being too judgmental? What would you do if you were or knew someone who was beaten and battered? Would you vent, or suppress? Condone or reject?
Abuse Rape, Domestic Violence is a touchy subject. Rihanna enables insight to the roller-coaster of emotions that most victims experience. Let's be honest, she's not exposing the new, just reiterating on ongoing occurence. These stories have been told for ages (i.e. Battered Woman Kills Attacker) the question lies-despite the endless propaganda that YES what she experienced was wrong, that women who've escaped the clutches of a man are scared, hurt, angry, and (like most( may never forget. However as the media portrays women as always being the victim—what happens when a man's the victim of domestic abuse? Is it less shocking to see a man get murdered on television when violence doesn't discriminate sex? Violence (of any kind) is wrong and should not be excused. Had the tables been turned, and a man was in Rihanna's shoes, would you care as much, or is it too ridiculous and unrealistic for women to do the same?
Parents Television Council member, Melissa Henson, told MTVNews:
"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,"
What are your thoughts, do you think Rihanna’s taking it far, or is she misunderstood? Remember us as adults can filter what we deem acceptable and unacceptable, but the younger audience isn’t as discriminating, are the “younger audience” victims of Rihanna’s mixed messages? Tell us what you think. For your viewing pleasure, the “Man Down” video.