Empowering women is one way to view the message portrayed in her video. Rihanna has also stated "Girls are empowered by this ... I'm just really impressed that my fans get it." Since her fans include many teenage girls around the world, this is frightening.
Rihanna's 'Man Down' video is receiving mixed reviews. The video falls into a 'love it or hate it' class and evokes a range of emotion. The singer is fully defending her video and is no stranger to controversy. According to Reuters, the starlet also took her defensive attitude to Twitter.
"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 don't turn out like US,"
Her tweet sounds like a bratty teenage backlash. What exactly is Rihanna referring to as 'US', herself or the music industry ? Her tweets share the same sentiment her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown's tweets have in the past. After throwing a tantrum on Twitter about Wal-mart not having his album on the shelves, both entertainers come across as divas with entitlement issues. His tweet in 2009 was . "what the f--- do i gotta do...WTF... yeah i said it and i aint retracting s***. im not biting my tongue about s else... the industry can kiss my a--."
She claims she is an advocate for girls seeing the rape of a women and the act of self-defense but calls it art? This is a contradicting statement and she is mouthing off like a person who does not know the responsibility behind raising children.
"I didn't do it to make a controversial video," Rihanna said. "I wanted to make a mini-movie, something raw and artistic."
Raw the video is, but a mini-movie about a rape? Rape is a serious subject and so is murdering someone. Artistic, rape is not. After Rihanna failed to use her domestic abuse incident with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, as an opportunity to "empower" women, she lost her sincerity.
What are your thoughts on this video? Does it 'empower' women like Rihanna claims? See Rihanna's 'Man Down' video and decide for yourself.