WATCH: Rihanna’s “Man Down” Video Violence Sparks New Controversy

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By Daniel Gates

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Rihanna does not have many fans on the Parents Television Council.

The group, which didn’t have nice things to say about her performance at the recent Billboard Music Awards, is NOT thrilled with the superstar’s new video for “Man Down.” Specifically, the Parent Television Council condemns the video’s intense depiction of violence.

In its opening scene, Rihanna shoots the man implied to be her rapist. “Instead of telling [rape] victims they should seek help, Rihanna released a music video that gives retaliation in the form of premeditated murder the imprimatur of acceptability,” said Parent Television Council official, Melissa Henson.

The video, which premiered on BET last night, is also drawing fire from other critics. “If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop,” said Paul Porter, the co-founder of media think tank Industry Ears. “Rihanna should not get a pass and BET should know better. The video is far from broadcast worthy.” Gossip Cop is curious to hear your take on the controversy. Is there a double standard, as some people say? Is the video OK to air? Is Rihanna’s message empowering or dangerous?

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