Rihanna is back with yet another controversial video. Her latest single “Man Down” opening scene shows a young man being shot in the back of the head. The video also includes scenes of sexual assault. The song premiered on Tuesday on BET’s 106 & Park. The singer received backlash from the Parents Television Council called the clip “disturbing” and asked BET to stop airing it. On Thursday, Rihanna appeared on the show and said the video is “art with a message”. We just wanted to hone in on a very serious matter that people are afraid to address, especially if you’ve been victimized in this scenario.”
“Man Down” filmed in Jamaica was directed by Anthony Mandler, who has directed other Rihanna videos. Rihanna stated she didn’t intend to make a controversial music video. She was hoping to display her acting skills and create “something raw and artistic”.
BET reps have stated that the network will continue to play the video, explaining that the network “has a comprehensive set of standards and guidelines that are applied to all of our content” and that Rihanna’s video “complied with these guidelines and was approved for air”. MTV has not aired the video yet and reps have stated that the video is being reviewed. The video also has yet to debut on Itunes.
View “Man Down” below: