Bang! Man Down

Rihanna’s name has been splashed all over the internet recently, but it isn’t that much of a suprise as we all know that the RnB songstress does nothing by halves. Slammed by critics after allegedly groping a young female fan at a meet n greet session, suing fashion house Gucci for $5 million worth of damages and then releasing the “controversial” Man Down video earlier this month – it’s been all about the island girl in the eve of her international Loud Tour.  

Following my rant  a little while ago, I’ll admit that for once I’m in defence of her intentions. Taken from her fifth studio album, Loud, the video shows Rihanna shoot an alleged rapist at vantage point in a crowded street. Since its release the video has caused obvious ill-feelings. Actress Gabrielle Union spoke out in defence of the artist having also attempted to shoot her attacker when she herself was raped at 19-years-old. In a message to fans on June 1st Rihanna tweeted: “Young girls/women all over the world…we are a lot of things! We’re strong innocent fun flirtatious vulnerable, and sometimes our innocence can cause us to be naïve! We always think it could NEVER be us, but in reality, it can happen to ANY of us! So ladies be careful and #listentoyomama! I love you and I care!”

I’m not too easily shocked and we’ve all seen worse than someone being shot in the head, let’s be honest, music videos always push boundaries. But unlike her usual frolics in tribal-print panties and singing about the stench of sex in the air, the message surrounding sexual assault is one that can never be repeated often enough. Putting an issue into the forefront doesn’t mean that you condone it, it’s called raising awareness

And so I was reminded of Marsha Ambrosius’s Far Away

One Response to “Bang! Man Down”
  1. No matter what she does the media will be critical. She needs to be sensational to stay in the public eye and she, along with Gaga, are probably the best in the business at doing so. I like and respect her.

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