Parents and media watchdogs are upset over Rihanna's new music video of the song Man Down, wherein she shoots a man dead for raping her. The video aired this week on BET.
The Parents Television Council says that Rihanna's act of revenge -shooting the raper dead, then fleeing -in the music video is too graphic, and potentially the worst possible message that could be sent.
PTC released a statement Rihanna's personal story and status as a celebrity superstar provided a golden opportunity for the singer to send an important message to female victims of rape and domestic violence.
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.
Media watchdog Industry Ears also condemned the video.
Paul Porter, co-founder of Industry Ears, referred to Rihanna's ex Chris Brown who received probation for assaulting her, saying If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop,
Rihanna should not get a pass and BET should know better. The video is far from broadcast worthy.
But Rihanna has sent out a series of tweets to defend herself. The music industry isn't exactly Parents R Us!
... It's your job to make sure they don't turn out like us.
Rihanna continues her defense in yet another message I'm a 23-year-old rockstar with NO KIDS! What's up with everybody wanting me to be a parent? I'm just a girl, I can only be your/our voice!