Rihanna's new video continues to cause a stir after some critics have voiced their displeasure with the violent conduct.
Melissa Henson, Director of Communications and Public Education for the Parents Television Council (PTC), issued a statement lambasting Rihanna's video, Man Down, in which Rihanna retaliates against sexual assault by shooting and killing her attacker as he stands in a crowded railway station.
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, said Henson.
The singer responded to such criticism on Twitter. 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.
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!
Rihanna also added: 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!
You can't hide your kids from society, or they'll never learn how to adapt! This is the REAL WORLD!
Rihanna has nearly 5.5 million followers on Twitter.
She also thanked her fans who liked the video. Thank you for the amazing response on ManDownVideo I love you guys, and I love that u GOT IT!!!
Black Entertainment Television has also been the subject to criticism for airing the video.
TMZ.com quoted a BET rep who stated, the network has a comprehensive set of standards and guidelines that are applied to all of our content. The Rihanna 'Man Down' video complied with these guidelines and was approved for air.