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:
Jamaican reggae artists and sisters Tessanne Chin & Tami Chynn(stage name) took to Twitter to comment on Rihanna’s “Man Down” video.
Tessanne is quoted as follows:
“I don’t appreciate it when artists come inna fi mi country and depict straight BS in dem videos !!! Go a yuh owna country go film dat not here !!!”
“I appreciate art and I understand that we as a people face these realities every day but we don’t need people constantly glorifying it and sending out that message!!! We are sooo much more than that !!!!” (Tessanne Chin’s Twitter)
Her sister Tami responded to her tweets with the following:
“@Tessanne bwoy Chin, da video deh hurt mi star…why film that here??? and depict THAT story!!! Like you said, we are so much more.” (Tami Chynn Twitter)
What do you think?
Reggae sensation Alaine is featured on the Mike D remix of Puerto Rican/Filipino American and pop singer Bruno Mars’ “Lazy Song”. Alaine is quoted as saying, “”I am so excited about the remix. I love it and I am sure everyone can relate to those days when you just waan lay down, star.”
Listen to the song below: