Apparently, not everyone loves Rihanna’s new “Man Down” video as much as I do. After its release, critics from the Parents Television Council blasted the singer for glorifying violence and murder.
The PTC wrote:
“Instead of telling victims they should seek help, Rihanna released a music video that gives retaliation in the form of premeditated murder the imprimatur of acceptability. The message of the disturbing video could not be more off base.”
While I don’t think Rihanna was promoting violence or telling all rape victims to murder their attackers anymore than the Godfather promotes killing all of your enemies, the Bajan beauty’s response to the controversy speaks for itself.
RiRi has a few words for her critics–parent your own kids.
While I understand the need to want entertainers to send positive messages to their fans, especially young ones, I don’t think criticizing an artist’s every move is the best route to take. Instead of decrying Rihanna for showing a woman killing her attacker, perhaps parents can use this as a teachable moment to reenforce the idea that respecting others (and their bodies) is never negotiable.