Drfunkenberry.com
2Jun
2011
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New Rihanna Video “Man Down” Causes Controversy

 

The new Rihanna video, which world premiered on BET, shows Rihanna shooting and killing someone within the first 30 seconds.  Why?  Rihanna was raped.

Her comments on Twitter saying " This song has a very strong underlying 4 girls like me" is not helping the matter as Rihanna and BET are taking a hit over the video. 

The PTC (Parents Television Council), Industry Ears, and Enough Is Enough are condeming the video and are demanding Viacom (BET's parent company) and BET to pull it off the air.

Paul Porter, co-founder of Industry Ears and a former music programmer for BET, described "Man Down" as "an inexcusable, shock-only, shoot-and-kill theme song. In my 30 years of viewing BET, I have never witnessed such a cold, calculated execution of murder in primetime. Viacom’s standards and practices department has reached another new low.” The statement continued: “If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop. Rihanna should not get a pass and BET should know better. The video is far from broadcast-worthy.”

What do you think?  Should the video be pulled?-Dr.FB

Diagnosis:  Being A Criminal Is Cool?

Comments (10)
  1. i think it’s an awesome video and has a strong message. is it suitable for kids to view in prime-time tv? hmmmm. have you watched prime-time lately NOTHING is suitable for children during this time period. Why should this be any different?

  2. Parents are quite lazy these days. If my parents didn’t want me to watch something, they told me to TURN IT OFF!!! Whether that be a radio station, the television, my CD player whatever. It is up to parents to raise their children. We didn’t have those children, you did. They are your responsibility, not anybody else’s. The world is run by ADULTS, not children. And if your children run you, then YOU are the problem. All this uproar over one video, yet every damn minute on television there is a show that has shooting, drugs, and physical violence and that’s fine by me as not everything was created specifically FOR me. If I don’t like it, I turn the damn tv OFF.
    Can you tell I am sick of these whining-ass parents???

  3. “If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop. Rihanna should not get a pass and BET should know better. The video is far from broadcast worthy”

    ^ Whoever said that is a freaking blundering idiot with absolutely no sense of logic. CHRIS BROWN beat Rihanna, NOT the other way around. RIHANNA is the victim. And I see absolutely nothing wrong with the video.

  4. Do I believe it should be banned? Definitely not! it IS art, but it belongs in an appropriate avenue to be watched, just like an R-rated movie.

  5. I can’t disagree more with Kammi and Paris. Music videos ARE art, but when you show someone being shot and killed (and yes they show blood pouring out of his head) I think you’ve crossed the line. As a parent of two small girls, I know what programming isn’t appropriate. Music videos during primetime are just fine for my little one’s. But this video does NOT belong on TV when children are watching. Would you be okay with Scarface being shown on Network TV at 8pm?? NO. And “Just Don’t Watch” doesn’t work here because you don’t know which videos are coming up next, and with this video it happens before you know what’s going on. My 7 year old should not see this!

  6. honestly do people even watch videos anymore? where? MTV? don’t think anyone will see this but it should be banned anyway because the music is horrible……….but she is fine, esp. the first white see through top……….my lord !!

  7. It is a great song with a very strong story.

    Shooting someone is not cool, being a criminal is not cool.

    What is SHOCKING however is that the guy who beat her-up in REAL life, Chris Brown, did not go to jail for his crimes and never showed any real remorse.

    The only thing he was really sorry for was how beating-up his girlfriend had a negative impact on his record sales and image.

  8. well personally i think if the parents have a problem with the video then they can block it! Don’t take it off just because YOUR kids can’t watch it! The video seemed fine to me and it didn’t even show any blood so this looks pretty pg-13 to me if that!!!!! Also I agree with kammi1999 music videos are nothing but short movies! Take Kanye West runaway for example! That video was atleast 30 minutes long! What has the world come to where no one can express how they feel!

  9. It’s not about just what you like. Michael Jackson or Prince didn’t have to stoop to depraved levels like Rhiana and Lady Gaga. How about great talent and musical brilliance. Think of young 12, 13 and teenagers being influenced by this garbage.

  10. Really people….music is art…..art is music……if this were a short film or a scene from a movie it is fine……it’s called creative freedom……look at all the stuff Prince, Madonna, MJ all did in therre time that was too edgy……videos are short films with music, tells a story…I liked it…If you don’t like it then don’t watch!

    PS DOC ROCKS!


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