Rihanna will not let people knock her new “Man Down” video. The 23-year-old singer shows female empowerment in her latest music video by gunning down a rapist — however, not everyone sees it that way.
The Parents Television Council has taken a stance against the video, blasting the singer for a “cold, calculated execution of murder,” via TMZ.
They also maintain that shooting a rapist in a crowded train station isn’t exactly justice.
Industry Ears, another watchgroup, also took offense to RiRi’s new clip, indicating, “If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop. Rihanna should not get a pass… ”
But Rihanna has taken a strong stance on her latest work, defending the video and its artistic interpretation.
“I’m a 23 year old rockstar 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!” she said on Twitter.
And the singer didn’t stop there. She followed up her strong opinion with a series of Tweets defending the music video and the industry:
• “Cuz we all know how difficult/embarrassing it is to communicate touchy subject matters to anyone especially our parents!”
• “And this is why!Cuz we turn the other cheek! U can’t hide your kids from society,or they’ll never learn how to adapt!This is the REAL WORLD!”
• “The music industry isn’t exactly Parents R Us! We have the freedom to make art, LET US! Its your job to make sure they dont turn out like US”
Watch the clip below. Do you think the watchgroups are right? Is it too violent? Or are you on Rihanna’s side? Sound off in the comments!