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Rihanna ‘Man Down’ Video Draws Fire for Murdering Abuser

The Parents Television Council is condemning
Rihanna’s latest music video, saying it depicts the
singer in an “implied rape scene with a man whom
she later guns down in an act of premeditated
murder.”

The opening scene of the singer’s “Man Down” music
video shows her gunning down her alleged rapist in
a crowded public space and then leaving the scene.

“Rihanna’s personal story and status as a celebrity
superstar provided a golden opportunity for the
singer to send an important message to female
victims of rape and domestic violence,” said Melissa
Henson, director of communications and public
education for the Parents Television Council in a
news release. “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.”

Along with the PTC, media justice think tank Industry
Ears, as well as the Enough Is Enough Campaign, also
are blasting the video, which debuted on BET Tuesday
night.

“If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and
BET premiered it, the world would stop,” said Paul
Porter, co-founder of Industry Ears and a former
voice of BET, in a news release. “Rihanna should not
get a pass and BET should know better. The video is
far from broadcast worthy.

Earlier this week, Rihanna tweeted to her fans that the
video has a “very strong underlying message 4 girls
like me!”

Today, she thanked her fans for their support by
tweeting, “Thank you for the amazing response on
ManDownVideo I love you guys, and I love that u GOT
IT!!!”

In 2009, singer Chris Brown pleaded guilty to felony
assault charges after an altercation with then-
girlfriend Rihanna.

Brown was sentenced to five years of probation and
six months of community service.

n February, Brown’s probation was downgraded to a
restraining order that requires him to stay 10 yards
from Rihanna.

In March, Brown stormed off the set of “Good Morning
America” after he was asked about the domestic abuse
incident with Rihanna.

Brown later apologized for the incident.

ABC News’ Andrea Canning, Jessica Hopper and Sheila
Marikar contributed to this report.