Pop star Rihanna is drawing some negative attention this week as many are angry about her controversial new video for “Man Down.”Rihanna took to the set of BET’s 106 & Park to promote her new video, saying that it is “art with a message.” After the video premiered, the young star started receiving a lot of negative attention.
The video opens up with a man being shot in the head as the whole music video is about an abused woman who confronts her attacker in public and shoots him. As the Chicago Sun Times reports, Rihanna is defending her video by saying she wanted to create something “raw and artistic.”
The singer wanted to showcase her acting skills and the medium of a music video is what she chose. The topic is heavily controversial, but Rihanna is no stranger to abuse as she was caught up in a lawsuit after Chris Brown hit her.
Even with all of the drama surrounding the video, USA Today says BET will continue to air the video regularly. MTV has yet to show the video as the network says it is still reviewing it. There is no doubt that many have mixed feelings on the issue, but for now the public can view the video on BET.