Even though Rihanna's new single 'Man Down' has stirred criticism for its graphic and violent subject matter, BET will still air the singer's video.
The 'Pon de Replay' singer's music video for 'Man Down' has inspired the Parents Television Council to try to have the video banned from BET.
The 23 year old singer responded via Twitter, stating, The music industry isn't exactly Parents R Us!
I'm a 23 year old rock star with NO KIDS! What's up with everybody wantin me to be a parent? I'm just a girl; I can only be your/our voice!
The singer continued, Cuz we all know how difficult [and] embarrassing it is to communicate touchy subject matters to anyone especially our parents, and this is why! Cuz we turn the other cheek!
In her video, Rihanna plays a rape victim who commits premeditated murder against her offender with the shot of a gun.
The Parents Television Council joined with Industry Ears and Enough Is Enough Campaign to condemn the video, deeming it too violent. The groups urged Viacom to stop airing the video which aired on BET's 106 & Park on May 31.
It seems the singer has received her wish to keep the video on air, stating that it's '[her] freedom to make art.'
Watch the video here