Earlier this week, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rihanna[/lastfm] released the revealing music video for her latest single, “Man Down.”
It raised a lot of eyebrows, since it depicted scenes of both rape and murder.
The Parents Television Council called upon BET to ban the video due to the adult themes, but the network not only put the video in their top 10 countdown yesterday, they also had the pop star call in to explain why she felt these issues needed to be discussed in an open forum.
Initially, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rihanna[/lastfm] took to Twitter to respond to her critics:
Then yesterday, the 23-year-old called into BET’s 106 & Park to get a handle on the situation. Rihanna explained:
Rape is, unfortunately, happening all over the world and in our own homes and we continue to cover it up and pretend it doesn’t happen. Boys and girls feel compelled to be embarrassed about it, and they hide it from everyone, including their teachers, their parents, and their friends. That only continues to empower the abusers.
She added that the lyrics of “Man Down” actually show that the character feels remorseful for her actions.
RiRi even referenced her abusive past with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Chris Brown[/lastfm] to further reiterate that she does not support violence of any kind:
I’ve been abused in the past, and you don’t see me running around killing people in my spare time. I just really want girls to be careful. Have fun, be sassy, be innocent and sweet, be everything that you are. But just try not to be naive.
Watch the interview in its entirety below:
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[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]
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