Rihanna defends ‘Man Down’ video

    Rihanna has yet again come under fire for a controversial video, but she’s not backing down from attacks on "Man Down."

    Soon after Rihanna’s video for "Man Down" debuted on "106 & Park," the Parents Television Council (PTC) called a flag on the clip. TMZ.com reports that "Man Down," which starts with a scene depicting Rihanna shooting a man, sent the non-profit organization into a rage for its “cold, calculated execution of murder.”

    Never one to shy away from edgy subject matter, "Man Down" does cover the dark topic of rape, and Rihanna does talk about shooting her attacker in the song. PTC, however, strongly disagrees with what they feel is RiRi’s endorsement of exacting deadly revenge.

    Another advocacy group, Industry Ears, dragged Chris Brown’s name into the argument against Rihanna. The singers got into an infamous fight in February of 2009, the night before the Grammys, which is an incident that haunts Chris and Rihanna to this day.

    “If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop," the organization said in a statement. "Rihanna should not get a pass."

    Rihanna’s not being quiet about their criticisms, though. In fact, she feels she’s advocating for many victims of abuse who have not been able to speak about devastating incidents in their past.

    “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!” Rihanna tweeted. “Cuz we all know how difficult/embarrassing it is to communicate touchy subject matters to anyone especially our parents!”

    Rap-Up.com reports that this is the second time in a month that PTC has taken aim at RiRi. The group took issue with her racy performance of "S&M" at the Billboard Music Awards, calling her set a "Vegas stripper show."

     

     

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