So - is Rihanna's 'Man Down' video too violent?
June 2nd, 2011
04:58 PM ET

So - is Rihanna's 'Man Down' video too violent?

Certainly you've heard the uproar by now. Following her racy performance at the Billboard Music Awards that had some questioning if it was too much for TV, Rihanna's latest music video has lit a similar match.

The singer's video for her single "Man Down" premiered Tuesday evening on BET, and by the next evening, some were calling for the network to stop playing the video altogether.

The problem, the critics say, is that her video starts off with an action that depicts the song’s lyrics to a tee – viewers see Rihanna aim, fire and shoot a "Man Down."

We then flashback to the prior day, when a red-headed Rihanna cheerfully bikes and strolls through the streets before heading to a dance club that night.

While there, she dances with a man who later turns into a threat, as the clip implies that he assaults the singer outside of the club. From there, the storyline catches up with the beginning of the video, as Rihanna races to grab a gun with which to take out her attacker.

It’s drawn the ire of the Parents Television Council, the Enough is Enough campaign and an entertainment think tank organization called Industry Ears. The music video "gives retaliation in the form of premeditated murder the imprimatur of acceptability," the Parents Television Council said in a news release.

Outside of those groups, reaction has fallen on both sides of the fence. The Frisky isn't buying her story of violent revenge for sexual assault, asking, "Is this supposed to be 'feminist' Rihanna who murders the man who hurts her? Sorry, RiRi, but I don’t think perpetuating violence is 'edgy,' even for a survivor of domestic violence."

PopDust, meanwhile, takes the stance that "this is still pop music, a storytelling medium,’s presumptuous and ignorant to assume that Rihanna is doing anything but playing a character in her song and video, one that has little if anything to do with her real life or her beliefs."

In the world of Twitter, amidst the retweets of the singer's statements defending the video, there's been similar stands of support. User DiamondDogBark‎ tells the pop star, " At the end of the day, who gives a flying s--. Ask Madonna about being nailed to the moral cross for her videos." Says user AJEllington, "So The Parents Television Council thinks Rihanna's new vid is too violent?! What PLANET are they living on? #getOVERit" while SamartiPowers‎ offered a "NO!!!" to an MTV News question if Rihanna went too far in the video.

For her part, Rihanna has thanked her fans via Twitter for comprehending the message she says she was trying to convey.

“Thank you for the amazing response on ManDownVideo I love you guys, and I love that u GOT IT!!!” the singer 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."

She added on Thursday in response to her critics, "This is the REAL WORLD!...The music industry isn't exactly Parents R Us! We have the freedom to make art, LET US! Its your job to make sure they dont turn out like US"

Filed under: Celebrities • Music • Rihanna

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  5. AntiPalinAlaskan

    If you didn't object to the video for "Janey's Got A Gun" by Aerosmith,


    you have no right to object to THIS video.

    June 5, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bacchae

    There's a long tradition of this sort of thing being depicted in music. Off the top of my head I came up with the following:

    Dixie Chicks – Goodbye Earl
    Garth Brooks – Papa Loved Mama
    Garth Brooks – Thunder Rolls
    Kenny Rogers – Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town
    Kenny Rogers – Tomb of the Unknown Love
    Vicki Lawrence/Reba McEntire – The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia
    Martina McBride – Independence Day
    SheDaisy – A Night to Remember

    But, of course, they are from a different musical genre so they can't be nearly as edgy. (snort)

    No one is telling anyone to go out and commit violence against others but it is a topic of artistic expression that has been shared before. Get over it, people.

    June 5, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mason

    This is only seen as controversial because she is a woman.

    June 4, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MyTake

    Maybe it's been said, don't care to read through all the responses. But in the lyrics them self she says her actions weren't ok. However, having daughters myself, I would have killed him before she could, but that is besides the point. Saying that the video says retalatory violence is ok just makes no sense. She says it was stupid in the lyrics.

    June 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nicole

    How could he NOT have been somebody's son? That line ruins the song for me because it shows me that she doesn't really think about her lyrics. Also, the 'rum pum pum pum" stuff reminds me of "Litte Drummer Boy". Stupid, annoying song.

    June 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ww

    Why is everyone mad at the music vid? Ohhhhh I get it because the rapist only got shot? Yea I agree, he got off too easy. Should have been a lot worse.

    June 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. taralowkey

    Leave her alone. It's a video. By the way, Brian, you're a jerk.

    June 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jason

    She deserved to be slapped. If anything Rihanna should have made a video apologizing to chris brown for leaving the kitchen

    June 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kizzie ladrena

    He put his hands on her like he owned her she did the right thing,woman have to sand up for them self these days

    June 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kizzie ladrena

    I love the video because this happen to my friend ,in nothing happen to him sad but true

    June 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brian

    I shot the Sheriff but I did'nt shoot the deputy! – Bob Marley
    Mama I just Killed a man... put a gun up to his head pulled the trigger now he's dead ( suicide) – Bohemian Rhapsody Queen
    There was blood and a single gun shot But just who shot who? -Copacabana- Barry Manilow
    Pistols shots ring out in the barroom night- Hurricane -Bob Dylan
    Lord I never drew first But I drew first blood I'm the devil's son Call me young gun -Blaze of Glory- J Bon Jovi
    And as a man's reaching for his trousers Shoots him full of .38 holes – Sat Nite Special- L Skynyrd

    Chill out people its a song!
    Chill out people

    June 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Ga Peach

    Much ado over nothing! Listen to your black rappers; no comparison in the violence. I agree if you don't want to see the video, hit the remote! No one is making you., And Brian sounds like one sicko! All he can do is talk about sticking it in someone..I bet he won't post a picture of himself! Some poor little white skinny guy!

    June 3, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  17. donutman

    Rihanna, Lady gaga, Pink etc...this is the crap that's fed to the ignorant public nowadays, meanwhile talented artists like Prince for example decides to do something different by bypassing the dysfunctional music industry and marketing his own music, look what happens..the radio stations, entertainment television programming turn a blind eye because they're all in this together, one big intertwined conglomerate..and this is what you get, everybody talking about the same boring pop stars

    June 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  18. joe

    Since when is sone random noob on twitter quoteworthy in a news story? So sad. To say an artists music doesn't reflect their beliefs is troubling. It either is a lie, or it means the 'artist' is just making things to cash in, and that their music doesn't come from their soul. So which is it, Rihanna?

    June 3, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  19. HR

    "Did they complain this much when Aerosmith wrote "Janie's got a gun"? NO!"

    That's because Janie's got a gun was actually a good song....

    June 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  20. KLR

    my only question is why can this be done in movies and tv shows and sung in lyrics, but music videos are trounced upon by these so called ethics groups that pick and choose who they want to protest. Cut it out of eveything or leave it alone. Heck, even commercials are violent....... if parents raised their kids they wouldn't have to worry about what's on video and tv influencing them.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  21. nataswon

    Please. This is just a 'story' based on her song 'Man Down'. A tragic tale of a woman assaulted who thought the only way out was to shoot the attacker. What, has no one seen 'I Spit On Your Grave" (original or remake), ooh, how about Farrah Fawcett's 'The Burning Bed'... get a grip people.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  22. rivera0381

    Why don't we just stop making movies. Actors and Actresses kill people all the time in movies. Its a freaking music video REALLY!!! I understand were the LEFT and the RIGHT are coming from but seriously people its a FREAKING MUSIC VIDEO. Freedom of expression!!

    June 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Billy Jean

    I've seen more violence in episodes of pokemon. The uproar over this video is ridiculous.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Lorin

    I watched the video and it sucks! It's terrible. lol Nevermind violence! ha! Whatever, just parents watch your kids and monitor what they watch, that's all I can say.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  25. the_dude

    Hey Chris Brown hit harder next time ok?

    June 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Shannon

    All artists care about nowadays is pushing the limits. Push push push push. See what they can get away with. Shock the masses. It's sick. First her S&M video (AND SONG) and now this. People are becoming de-sensitized.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Brian

    All I know is that black people like to kill other black people and I am all for it:) Rihanna has nice headlights, I'd stick my gun in her

    June 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      and i would shoot a load in her. Most black women are fat and monkey looking bu Rihanna is one hot piece of chocolate

      June 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Hayden71

    Rihanna says as an artist this is music with a message.

    I think her message might go something like this:

    "Hey kids...see how I'm dressed and how violence and promiscuity is glorified in my videos so I can contiue to rake in money. Seeing these things are glorified in my videos...go ahead and corrupt your minds."

    Is there any wonder why society is filled with violence and corruption with the type of "so-called" role models kids have these days?

    Parents need to step up and actually show that they care about what their kids watch and do. Shame on those who don't

    June 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  29. antimisandrist

    if this video was about a man exacting revenge on a woman for something she did, the public response would be remarkably different. why the hypocrisy?

    "an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind" Ghandi

    June 3, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Esox

    Where was the outrage over the song "Goodbye Earl?" I mean they killed the guy...but he deserved it so that's OK.

    June 3, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  31. edwin

    really ppl, who gives a damn what she did... it done and over with! and yea really the world is horrible, its sick, and its down right cruel... if u wanna beleive its not then go ahead no ones stopping you... but you look around and youll see the truth.... the truth on what humans can and will do.... dont be ignorent... peace out suckas

    June 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  32. crazylori

    I'm not saying that the people in the video had crappy lifestyles. I'm just saying in general. You have to remember that people are emotional beings and the damn gun will make a statement you want heard.

    June 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  33. crazylori

    she is copying what the daily news puts out. The innocence is running low. This states that all guns should be locked away from those with such thoughts and that have crappy lifestyles.

    June 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  34. MERCY23

    A parents responsibility is to ensure our kids do not turn like them...correct. That is why parents are complaining and trying to stop this video...because they ensuring their kids do not end up in jail for taking the law under their hands...they can recover from a trauma but not from an action that can end their future or their lives. Rihanna is very irresponsible artist that as per her comments does not care who she hurts...her actions does not teach any kids to adapt to life...just promotes violent without thinking the this will impact their life...if the videos end with her going to jail regardless of why she acted that probably be a more completed message of not doing what she did in the video because there repercussions of her actions.

    June 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  35. The Woof

    Didn't see the video and don't care to. It just might be a after effect of the incident she had with Chris Brown. Women do have a right to defend themselves when attacked but here's the rub, as she tweeted, "this is the real world", so the best advice that can be given is try not to put yourself in any compromising situation if at all possible.

    June 3, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Addy82

    Aside crime the whole "too violent" part. Does anyone else realize how bad the video was? Not to mention the song itself. Rihanna has gotten worse IMHO.

    June 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hayden71

      Usually the lack of talent will result in a lack of fame...that's why we have so many of the immoral characters in the entertainment industry today.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  37. JT

    @ marie...who's pushing something down your throat? DONT WATCH IT! PLAIN AND SIMPLE! GEESH!

    June 3, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  38. Andi Carrie Underwood can beat her man with a bat for cheating in her video, Julia Roberts and shoot her estranged husband in "Sleeping with the Enemy" and this young woman catches flack for her video? Really? Rihanna makes adult music. Parents have the responsibility of monitoring what their kids watch and listen to. This is America. Good or Bad. Freedom of expression. GTFOH with this non-sense.

    June 3, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • i cant believe is not butter

      The problem andi is that parents like you don't Watch their kids...

      June 3, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • MissBabyGirl

      I agree 100% with you.

      June 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hayden71

      True...parents aren't parenting, but that doesn't detract from the fact that the majority of entertainers nowadays love to glorify violence, promiscuity and everything that's destroying kids today. I wouldn't let my dog watch this kind of crap.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  39. i cant believe is not butter

    I think all this bs has to do with race! If she was white nobody would be complaining about this video.....let the sistaaaaaa shoot and kllll tha less on food stamps and wellfair...

    June 3, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  40. Marie

    I like some of her songs but I do not like her as an "artist", she loves to be surrounded by violence and uglyness, she likes to look like a w h o r e and dance in a very vulgar way, inciting low passions, the more I see of her the more I understand Chris Brown! and it's not just a matter of changing channels since her entourage is pushing her down our throats!!!

    June 3, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  41. The truth!!!

    First off Auto is so easy to detect,so people who say she uses it are just in denial and don't wanna admit it.Listen to kanye west's "Heartless" and you will know what autotune's sounds robot like.I'm glad Rihanna brought out this song and video.Most of you are just haters.The end!!!!

    June 3, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  42. ThatGirl Jennifer

    Leave my future wife alone. I haventseen the video yet, but after these comments I can't wait 2 see it

    June 3, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  43. Tanisha

    I guess no ones ever heard Goodbye Earl by the Dixie Chicks? But that's ok because it has a happy beat?

    June 3, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  44. Tom

    My guess is that she has not jumped very far from the trash heap!

    June 3, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  45. Niya

    You fools u see the same kind of violence in movies and every week on what if blood is coming from his head..I believe in an eye for an eye. You violated me or my child I will hunt u down.

    June 3, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  46. Jovanah

    Wow... violent, this video is not even close to being violent. And as for the parents if you don't want your kid looking at it then turn the damn tv off its not a hard concept to grasp. BET is not going to stop playing the video just because you feel its to inappropriate, thats your problem not the station, there has been far worse videos than this

    June 3, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  47. randy

    I believe in giving back, all these celebs are were they are at by the luck of God. He gave them a talent. Most
    of them will not help anybody else. Dolly parton comes to mind, she is the stingy celb-signer I know. All she
    does is talk about the boring dolly worlld amusement park. She could help so many poor people, but doesn't, she
    is not the only one, but the worst one that i know. She knows what its like to be poor.

    June 3, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  48. itsallgoodnroanoke

    Choices, this is for people over 18. PARENTS, USE THE REMOTE. You don't want to do your job. You want everyone to plan, fix and make EVERYTHING for you little kid. Do your job and remember, choice!!!! I like it and others like it and MOM and DAD , DO YOUR JOB!!!!!

    June 3, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  49. dsn63

    So this is the "Real World?" NO IT ISN'T! This is the low life ghetto world and that world needs a Nato airstrike to make it disappear forever!

    June 3, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Andi

      Oh yeah? Guess what G? Black women don't tolerate that ish. So if there is any "ghetto behavior" going on, check your own population. And NATO airstrike that.

      June 3, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  50. Harry the Ho~Mo Humper

    Did she finally shoot Chris Brown?

    June 3, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  51. asp23

    Aerosmith did Jaini's got a gun. Which is basically another song about a girl being assaulted and she takes the life of her attacker with a gun. What's the difference?

    June 3, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • iggy


      What the difference? Jani got a gun, which I HATED btw was about child molestation. YOU STUPID BIMBO! *POOT* <–in ya face.

      June 3, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  52. Jenniferocious

    Have these people never seen an episode of CSI? The video is no more violent than that show. And I know many young kids (I work at an after school program for elementary age children) whose parents let them watch shows like CSI, NCIS, etc., which I think is inappropriate. I don't think this video is appropriate for young children, but how about these "concerned parents" monitor what their kids watch, instead of trying to blame the music video? Monitor what you allow your children to see/watch/listen to, if you're that concerned about it. And if they do happen to see this video, educate them about why it is wrong to seek this kind of vengeance. This is just another example of lazy parents not wanting to parent their kids, and expecting other people to take care of the "problem" for them.

    June 3, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  53. Whats_the_diff?

    What is the difference between a music video and a TV movie?? Entertainment is entertainment!!

    June 3, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  54. really.....

    I don't see what the problem is. The video fits the song almost word for word. And like someone else said, if the PTC has such a big problem with it, don't their tv's have parental control?? Can't they just change the channel or something? I liked the video. I'm not the biggest Rihanna fan in the world, but she does put out good music. Have to give respect when it's due.

    June 3, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  55. dave

    Phuck riri who gives a damn

    June 3, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  56. matt

    Who cares if you think it is violent or not. The song is horrible. Rihanna looks like a tramp and plays the part of the stereotyped victim who provokes an attack. The video and song are just wrong, but glad that there is something to keep the spotlight on Rihanna who is a marginal performer at best.

    June 3, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • jill

      ""plays the part of the stereotyped victim who provokes an attack""
      that sounds like something she did a little over 2 yrs ago... oh, how life imitates art i guess

      June 3, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  57. Rubedo

    people allow their kids to watch movies that are ultra violent and don't say a word, but his video is too violent? talk about double standard

    June 3, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  58. Yu Trollin

    So i guess nobody here likes CSI or Law and Order... Hey you know whats worse they shot BIEBER...BIEBER can't believe believe! people are going crazy over this.

    June 3, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  59. ccbigs

    please, there is so much violence out there in music videos/video games/ is it just because she's a woman this is getting so much attention? I don't like it, and I don't like violence in general...So I don't watch it or let my kids watch it, if they do see it, we discuss it. you will never get rid of this in pop culture unfortunately.

    June 3, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • The Mad R@p3r

      I think most of the outrage is due to her shooting an innocent man who she attacked. I'm still kind of in shock from watching it.

      June 3, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  60. cwilson

    There is a lot of things that should not be watchIng or listing to but thats when we make the choice for ourselves and our children and let others make there own choice we cant make everyone think like we do everyone has a choice

    June 3, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  61. Garza

    I have to agree with disagreeing. Sure its merely a performance which she portrays a character, unfortunately there are those few who take something like that and run with it usually no good comes from that. Rihanna you need Jesus in your life. Not Illuminati.

    June 3, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  62. Vic Vas

    Rihanna is conveying a message to be careful, to stay on guard at all times. We can be attacked at any given moment. Unless you carry pepper spray, know martial arts, have a mean right hook or get lucky to run away, we are pretty defenseless when it comes to a man twice, maybe three times our size.

    So she killed the guy in the beginning... if you were in her shoes, you would too. It's a video. It's a movie. It's a song. She's an artist. She's a pretty good one in fact. This video is not intended for 13 year olds, but those mature and old enough to get the message out of it. And that message is NOT killing her attacker. I think we all know that if anyone did shoot a man down, they would get arrested in a hot minute. Read between the lines and don't take everything so literal.

    June 3, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  63. Lil Irish

    What a double-standard! All of you decrying this when in 85% of "music videos," women are debased. About time a man took what's coming to him

    June 3, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  64. Liefy

    Who cares? It's crap music.

    June 3, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  65. Sonya

    Reality is she's making a valid point. Moreover, she successfully demonstrates a mere incident relating to women who are fed up with violence against females. In essence, there's nothing any different from what's on television these days. Instead of reacting, try educating your groups on violent diversions. This message is very clear and hits realities at its best. Great imagery Island Records. Bravo to Rhianna and the creative team to include directors.
    Major point: Who saw the gang unification in the video? Brilliant work on Man/Gun Down! This video is not soliciting gun violence, the actual video demonstrates stopping the Man Down epidemic in this WORLD! High Horses, Man Up, and stop predication.

    June 3, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  66. Beautiful Vixen

    Lol..I spit on your grave was one sick movie.

    June 3, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  67. *atana

    GROW UP! No one cares!

    June 3, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  68. jean

    if she feels so strong about abuse she need to openly speak about chris honestly video is wreckless due to the violence but no worst than gaga crazy image

    June 3, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  69. MMOORE

    The video is true to the nature of the artist. We gave Chris Brown a bad deal. The first reports were that Rihanna intercepted a "booty call" for Chris Brown and went off on him. He defended himself. What is media's interest in reporting things against the male/man person. Why must it be publicized as a "beat-down". Further, the kids may have really been in love, but having a love-hate relationship. No one should bare that blame.

    June 3, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  70. save it

    We are in a time where parents aren't being parents. Life is not set to the disney channel. Turn the tv/radio off for your kids if you don't want thwm to see/hear it. Stop wanting everyone else to do YOUR job.

    June 3, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  71. Jennifer

    In real life they killed osama becuz he killed people the we told all the students in schools clear across the country so we teach 2 wrongs make a right ..........also seriously I see worse things on tv ....the movie "Hostel" like hello people GET OVER IT!!!! Or just put ur children in a bubble plz!!!

    June 3, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  72. MR. RITE

    The KIND OF music tha videos n tha tv we ALLOW our KIDS to listen to n watch portray on the LIFESTYLE they will live. It does mater what OUR KIDS are watchin we as Grown UPs need to consider not doing negative things. People like eminem n rhiana n jay-z don't care about our kids just about there money that's wut makes this world work! Be rosponsible n go to church! God bless yall! Much love

    June 3, 2011 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  73. MR. RITE

    The KIND OF music tha videos n tha tv we ALLOW our KIDS to listen to n watch portray on the LIFESTYLE they will live. It does mater what OUR KIDS are watchin we as Grown UPs need to consider not doing negative things. People like eminem n rhiana n jay-z don't care about our kids just about there money that's wut makes this world work! Be rosponsible n go to church! God bless yall! Much love

    June 3, 2011 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  74. Having a gun it is pointless! The world is filled with too many of guns!

    Pray! Pray! Pray!

    June 3, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  75. Crazy

    I know this because the cops never helped me! Just made things worse on me! Most cops suck due to their lack of work! They are to make sure that the women are safe! That was a joke to me! They should not be cops if they can not do their job right. Most men become cops to have easy way with women and control!

    June 3, 2011 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  76. reggie

    Hey guys lets move on it is so unhealthy to keep rehashing the pass is just that the pass o and remember its only music there are much more to worry about than this.

    June 3, 2011 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  77. Ron Jeremy

    Rihanna, let's do some monkey love! How about I pack your fudge??? Do you do ATM?

    June 3, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  78. Sykphuk

    This girl should do p0rn. I'd love to watch 3 guys make her air tight. I'd personally lick her aszhole! I wouldn't even notice that black person smell. Look at that smile! I would coat her teeth with man-spackle! Cocqsnot! I'd rub my glans in the mess and make her clean me off, she so pretty!

    June 3, 2011 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  79. Crazy

    If the video was real and by the time cops got there they'd say that it was the women fault!

    June 3, 2011 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  80. Quagmire

    I'd phuk her in the ass until she spit corn! I saw nekked pics and she is hot. I normally wouldn't say that about a blackie, but her body is fine! She could pee on me!

    June 3, 2011 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  81. Crazy

    Cops don't do much to help @ all when a women is being beaten etc. They don't care! Cops are just as bad! They love to make a women suffer!

    June 3, 2011 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  82. huh?

    Did anyone make a big deal when Jimi Hendrix released "Hey Joe"? Its pretty much the same thing.

    June 3, 2011 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  83. Crazy

    All men that beat a women should be locked up in a room filled with gay men!!! That would work better than a gun!! What can he do now? Nothing!! They will set his A! S! S! Not to beat women ever again!

    June 3, 2011 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  84. Josh

    who cares if his face is scratched up its just a video if you don't like it change the channel.

    June 3, 2011 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  85. WhoCares

    And to think I just wasted 5 full mins watching that video. The song sux neways.

    June 3, 2011 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  86. mendy

    Okay I'm not sure who 'L' is but she said Rihanna had not right to speak bc of Chris Brown. REALLY? So once you get beat up you no longer have the right to voice your opinion? Well screw that! I had the crap beat out of me by a guy once. When I got out of the situation a majority of my friends/family wanted to do the same thing that was done in the video–hunt him down and make him pay. I'm not in jail so I obviously didn't let that happen. This is a video. This is not a how-to book issued by the government. I am a HUGE Aerosmith fan. One of their songs is Janie's Got A Gun. There have been songs, videos and movies that display that same concept. The difference here is that we all know she was a victim of abused. You absolutely want the person who hurt you to pay–why do you think the courts are so booked. Some people do the right thing and go to the police and others take matters into their own hands. THIS IS A VIDEO! It is based on A SONG! (to be contined)

    June 3, 2011 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
  87. Crazy

    Tv and MTV went bad!!! That is why I buy my movies! Tv lost it's class and MTV! What a waste of time: (

    June 3, 2011 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
  88. Auria11

    I think the way parents are reacting is ridiculous! what did they expect her video to be like? when clearly in the lyrics she says "shot a man down"!! they need to get over it! look on her twitter and every one of her fans are telling her how much they love the video..i think they're the people that matter not the parents! I know for a fact if I owned a gun and someone did that to me thats the exact same way i would react...any girl would! so seriously get over it!!

    June 3, 2011 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
  89. emily

    Where in the hell do music videos even come on now?!

    June 3, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  90. Jay

    I'm just going to say this: It's not Rihanna's job to be a role model to kids. She's 23 years old and is a grown woman. It's the parents ob to raise their children. I didn't see anything wrong with the video but as always it's always a group of overprotective parents. This is the reason why America is the pits at times. I mean censoring a video? Like the hell? It's always something. First parents are complaining about a boob during the superbowl like what's next? Banning kissing scenes on TV shows? These parent groups need to have a damn seat somewhere and worry about themselves. Instead of worrying about what's on TV or the radio. This whole thing about censorship is annoying and it needs to stop. We are a free country and the 1st Amendment protects Rihanna and any other artist.

    June 3, 2011 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  91. So What close your eyes then

    You see these events all the time in movies, real life, and what have you. I just wish people in america grow the hell up and stop living in a bubble. Find something better to worry about. Really its an expression of art. Like some people act like they really know who thiers kids are.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  92. aurora

    I think an artest should have every right to express them selfs because thats what artest do.. And if she feels that way let her be ,!!! People always got something to say "GO Girl DO YOU " cant be some1 your not!

    June 3, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  93. jack

    music videos are a bit like movies, some movies contain violence, so expletive what? if ur not happy with it then get lost.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  94. Cat

    I liked the video I loved her heels and whats the difference all the tv shows are like that now. Parents get over it..

    June 3, 2011 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  95. Ian

    This video made me want to lie down on a bus stop bench, close my eyes, snap my fingers furiously, and say "zip zop", all for 9 hours straight.

    She must be stopped.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  96. Kelynne

    "Art is what you can get away with." – Andy Warhol

    This is beautiful.
    I admire her for being able to step out of an abusive relationship as a strong woman. This is her revenge to every man out there that abuses women. She's incredible.
    Not many women can get out of that and be as successful and strong as her. This is from her heart.
    So, say what you want about it, I'm sure she could care less what the critics have to say. 🙂

    June 3, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  97. Tina

    Once again all of you need help. Honestly from the three stooges posting and the other rihanna posting and now this you are all mean. Everyone of you have lost your minds! I don't think I ever came across a bunch of mean people like what I saw here on the marquee blogs. Mr. Ed you seem to be the king because you are all over these blogs. you are a mean man.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  98. Bella

    Im over her, look u can only use the domestic violence card so much! Im over it takes two to tango ladies we know it and guys know it! People just try to hard to the point they have to bring up the past to make a statement. Get over.urself riri there will always be someone better than u. sucks when people have somewhat of a good.voice but just try to hard and ruin it for the people that are actually talented by overshadowing them with there creepy sidecho bob hair.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  99. Jennifer

    Cut the girl some slack! Yes, she uses Autotune (seriously, no question about that), but she has the right to be whacky and her lack of raw talent just makes her success that much more praiseworthy.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  100. query1

    I love to rap and dats no lie, I had to give up dat chubby fugly pie. I decided that the dudes was my cup of tea(bag), I just want them to butt slam me. Each time I taste that salty man goo, it makes me want more, yeah dats true! I just need a dude to ram me in da chute, I just keep goin back to da skin flute. Each day goes by and I luv em more, yeah ill bend over and u hit my back door. Now I’ve gotta run cuz my boy iz here, I gotta whip it out and stick it in his rear! See ya.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  101. brittbo

    I remember seeing a Reba McEntire video where she blows up a boat with a dude and a chick on it..i was 7 then...damn u Rihanna for screwing with the kids...and CSI and Law and Order and Pirates of the Caribbean and Lion King and Bambi for Petes sake!!!!! Oh the violence ....

    June 3, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      I think including Bambi isn't fair, thTs going a little far. My kids have seen it and it's not as bad as this video....

      June 3, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  102. eric

    the music is so bad that it needs a shocking video for publicity like this.

    June 3, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  103. rihanna navy

    Rihanna does not need autotune i am a big fan of rihanna.She is the only artist right now who sings songs with a message.At least she not always doing the same gyrating and acting like she is crazy like beyonce ,she switch it up on them and that is good .Go riri let them hate.

    June 3, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  104. p.

    think all rapists should be gunned down. Just sayin. I hope she blows Chris Brown away too. He deserves it.

    June 3, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  105. danielle

    everyone on here who feels like defending rihanna's video is betraying God is stupid. Sure the video shows her shooting a guy, but the lyrics tells her regret for not handling her situation properly! Stop seeing & start listening & discussing & fixing

    June 3, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  106. Guest

    Ugh, I hate how everyone is comparing to rihanna. They are 2 amazing artists and super different. As for the parent outcry, GET OVER IT! Its expression, they are free to do what they want to do. I like the video, and actually TALK to your kid about right and wrong, instead of flippin' a biscuit over every "racy" video. AND when you shelter a kid from bad stuff, they go psycho and party when they are finally free.

    June 3, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  107. query1

    Hey you fat lip fat head!! What a fruit! Is that all you got for insults? Sounds like my 7 year old slingin mud. Go pound sand you freak. I understand you like to take it in da poop chute.....

    June 3, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  108. fernace

    I do think this is Rhiannas way of blowing off steam over the incident with Chris Brown. While she was healing, she probably saw scenes like this in her head! I know I did, when a bad boyfriend broke my arm & stalked me! Luckily I got thru it with out retaliation (I moved out of state). We also have to realize that she has teams of people "brain storming" over every1 of RiRis releases! Anyway, she stirred us all up! There are 90 posts on this blog alone!

    June 3, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  109. @Karifala

    What the #@¥*?? These blogs bring out the real clowns!! Check out this braniac.....
    "So lady gaga turned your children into monsters,and your are good with itfor them being an alliens.". Fricken put something in writing that actually makes sense!

    June 3, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  110. leftlamb

    Johnny Cash "shot a man in Reno just to watch him die"! It's called art, folks. Grow up. If anyone's earned the right for revenge fantasies, It's Ri.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Tdodge

    This song / video seems a lot less violent than Eminem's song a few years ago about putting his crying, pregnant girlfriend in a trunk and driving the car off a bridge... or male rapper videos that talk about shooting each other up all the time... or country singers singing about killing liberals...

    At least this song is about avenging a wrong. I don't think you should fight violence with violence (though isn't that what war is...) but there certainly seems to be a whole lot worse out there.

    Maybe people don't like the idea of a woman fighting back because it challenges the male power dynamic.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  112. bryan

    You fools stop bein so liberal, you left-wing freaks! All you gayboyz need to drop me your digits. I iz gonna pump you chumps in da plump rump!! Packin da fudge iz my thang!!

    June 2, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  113. happy

    People keep sayin kids don't need to watch this...are ya serious kids see much more serious things in this world....and its just a music video block the channel is you don't want your kids watching it...

    June 2, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  114. not violent enough

    Damn!! She should skip the pistol and go right for the butcher knife. RiRi needs to go all postal like that chick in "I Spit on your Grave"!! Lop that big ol meat stick off and mess these punks up. She can kick some boootay!!

    June 2, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  115. April

    Edit the opening scene ... boom the issue is solved! The things we focus our energy on.... heck I couldn't watch BET until the summer b4 HS and even then my mom only let me watch certain items. Parents do your job...monitor what your kids watch.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  116. jigs with guns

    Jig-a-boo. Jig-a-boo. Jig-a-boo. Jig-a-boo. Jig-a-boo. Jig-a-boo. Jig-a-boo. Jig-a-boo. Jig-a-boo. Jig-a-boo. Jig-a-boo. Jig-a-boo. Jig-a-boo. Jig-a-boo. Jig-a-boo. Jig-a-boo. I shoots you, jig-a-boo!! Lata....

    June 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  117. bryan

    I think that there is to many cry babies in this so called free country. But its ok for CSI and the sapranos to be shown on tv I say let it be stop being so liberal

    June 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Bob M.

    It's not what the video is about or what it tells people.....this is just not something kids need to see in a music video. Bad taste.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Kortni

    If you don't want your children to see the video, than don't let them watch it. Rihanna can make any video she wants. Parents need to take responsibility and monitor what their children watch.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob M.

      I would love to know if you have kids. The problem with your thinking is that if I monitor my kids whats to say they see this trash at you house with their friends because you think it's o.k. to watch. You may not know that I don't want my kids to see this. How do you work around that? Just asking.

      June 2, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  120. I am gaga

    So what?you let your children play xbox,playstation, movies;transformer,dramas,just her taking a fake gun and shot someone in the head that became something why dont you tell those actors to stop making movies or those who make xbox to stop making it.

    June 2, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Andrea M

    RiRi is right on this one. She's a pop star and has every right to create any song she wants. It's parents responsibility to decide if the song is age appropriate. PTVC should not be pushing their views on everybody else. Never censor art.

    June 2, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  122. mike

    if women don't want to end up getting beat around by their man, they should really learn to stop being so nieve and take a better look at who they are dating, girls like her seem to go for the "bad boys" instead of the "nice guys" when what they need is a confident "man" who doesn't see the need to use anger as a way of getting where he wants to be. The video is a failure if it fails to point this out.

    June 2, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Ana

    Rihanna needs to grow up,her music sucks and I hope they take her music of the radio and out of stores.

    June 2, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  124. ms dee.

    As a parent and a fan of Rhianna, I am glad that she is standing up for her self and her work. Rhianna has not been a kid-friendly artist ever since "unfaithful" and "break it off"... My kids do not listen to her songs just like they don't listen to Gaga, Slip Knot, Disturbed, Lil Wayne, Drake, some of Katy Perry, or any other artist that is not age appropriate. To pass judgement on the girl video is to pass judgement on every single show, movie and song that comes out. Some of the same ppl that are "voicing" their opinions are the same ones that allow their children to play Gears of War, Call of Duty, or even Rock Band....and even watch movies like Xmen and Avatar with all the violence that they portray.... Double standards is the way of life. Koodles to you Rhianna for excersing your right to be what you are, a Grown Woman.

    June 2, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Bella>[luvvHurr]<Faith

    You know ;; I understand both points of view. But parents need to understand that you just can't protect your kids from this world, and what it's become;; if you don't want a child to see a video ,, block certain websites and links ,, some people do like that stuff ,, (hypothetically speaking) and you can't punish those people because you want your family to not see it. I don't wanna cause any heavy arguments,, but I'm just saying ... It's not hard to just block it if you don't want it.

    June 2, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  126. tom

    lmao.......remember the song "stan" by ememin...or "indepence day" by reba....or "gun powder and lead"....i think its nice she does that but needs to use her influnce to shape women to like nice guys so women dont have to go through those things.....i used to feel sorrrry for those woman but they know they are pllayingg with fire....than cry about it bc it happned to them....

    June 2, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Zenith

    Yup. This should come as no surprise. In a society that often condones misogynistic behavior, if a woman decides to take matters into her own hands, that disturbs many people. It is interesting that these people get more upset with the depiction of violence by a woman than they do of actual violence by a man. I guess it frightens some that the video expresses an idea that women won't simoly accept violence. Frightening for a society that allows men to treat women like crap with no repercussions.

    June 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  128. average white guy

    Never heard Rihanna before this. She has an interesting voice and I like the semi-reggae melody. I did not see anything controversial about the video. It is no different from watching any cop show on TV.

    June 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Charlie Sheen

    Listen, this is the best beoynce video yet! Go gerl!


    June 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  130. just sayin'

    Men who abuse women need to understand that a modern woman can and will defend herself. Guns are easy to get and easy to use. I personally think every single woman should have one.

    June 2, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Mr. ED

    I think she is hot! She can slap me around anytime. I'll put in her and she will start behaving. Yea baby, bring it on home to papa bear.

    June 2, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Sunshine Girl *

    Wow...Rhiannas music just keeps getting more and more violent. Seems to me she has underlying issues that need to be dealt with. The way she expresses herself thru her music is obvious. She by no means is the only artist to do it. But it seems every single thing Rhianna does these days some how revolves around some sort of violence. She better take a good look at herself inside and quick. I see a major melt/break down coming in the very near future. So sad. She could do so much more with her talent.

    June 2, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Loralei

    Ok wait, yeah the video is violent. I get it, but seriously? Aerosmith's "Janie's got a gun"? Does anyone remember that video? Wow, totally just dated myself.
    I could have done without seeing the blood oozing all over but who cares? And? The song itself sucks. In fact,I think the last few songs of hers have been awful, but hey she is pretty and wears next to nothing. -shrugs- In the grand scheme of things, she was wrong by advocating the violence is the only way for a woman to get justice, but it's a video. And what about parents? Isn't it their job to ensure that kids realize TV is not real? Bah. Whatever 🙂

    June 2, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
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  135. Lana

    I miss milli vanilli.

    June 2, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |

    Haha i love that fine riri ass son. I just want to see her in black latex again hahahahahaha

    June 2, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Jenna

    Ok...she's clearly playing a character...a character who was attacked and reacts violently in a way she sings about REGRETTING the entire time! The entire song she's singing about how she shouldn't have done it, and how it was wrong, and how he could have been "somebody's son". She's actually not really glamorizing it at all. Was the opening scene of her shooting the guy violent? OBVIOUSLY. But how many movies have you seen where your favorite actor or actress shoots and kills someone, whether it be in self defense, for good reason, or not?? No one says a word about that, and I honestly don't see much difference at all. Maybe the blood spurting out of the guy was a bit much for a music video, but other than was a movie. That is all. Had she been singing about how great it was to shoot someone, or how he deserved it... or how she did the right thing, then I could see the point...but that is not the case. End of story.

    June 2, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • erich2112x

      We didn't ask for a dissertation.

      June 2, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • happy

      Jenna, I agree with you...its just a music video there are movies that show much more violence,n the same people that are here saying they don't like it and its sooo bad I bet they and there kids watch movies with all kind of killing in it and love that movie...ya ain't nothin but some hypocrites.....and those of ya who brought god into it fyi its not real, she didn't really kill anyone she's just acting.

      June 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Karifala

    So lady gaga turned your children into monsters,and your are good with itfor them being an alliens

    June 2, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • erich2112x

      Lady Gaga bullies Christians and do-good Americans, of which I'm neither, but she doesn't want to be bullied herself by her critics.

      June 2, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Joel

    I bet these same parents think "I Shot The Sheriff" is a legendary classic.

    June 2, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Anonymous

    Parents, you don't like a video, don't let your kids watch–simple. Stop trying to blame the entertainment industry for their interpretations, they're artists. You're the parent, you ref your kids. This kind of stuff is portrayed in movies as well. What's next, are you going to try to ban movies. For crying out loud, be a better parent.

    June 2, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristi Kristina

      my sentiments exactly!

      June 2, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • STL Rose

      Exactly! Today's version of parenting seems to be to pop 'em out anytime you are too lazy to use protection and let everyone deal with your offspring. Just because you have the plumbing to make a baby doesn't mean you are worthy of the blessing.

      June 3, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  141. query1

    I guess Tee is the mother teresa up in here?....
    who got all holy.. all of sudden... declaring one nation as un Godly...
    some blind bat I call the fool who does such...
    If they think their back yard or any back yard in this very abused planet is safe, cleaner, or saintly than another
    another point why Rhianna states educating your children of the reality of todays world...
    we are not living in sesame street we are living on planet earth..
    a planet so disturbed not even the animal... water... air.... what the blue whoo... not even a shrimp
    who should reside in the deep sea is safe.. come on down to planet earth reality.. yeah!.. where
    you can find shrimps taking a jog on a treadmill.. for crying out loud...
    Im surprised those animal activists didn't object to the stress put upon that innocent shrip to run
    how many miles.. without a reward?..
    dude.. tee.. don't be so judmental of one nation.. you should thank God for nations such as America...
    it tought dudes like you how to love your brother.. no matter their race.. and to try at least to make right and
    do right by your brother for a better nation under God...
    let me guess your a madonna and gaga fan uh?...
    no surprise ther?..

    June 2, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Ratamana

    Dresses like a wh*re, gyrates like a wh*re (that ain't dancin, babe). Hmm. Must be a.....

    June 2, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • PK

      I don't watch vidioes of material i disapprove of, nor do my childre!. Why encourage the filth that's out there? Don't buy it or watch it and it'll have to stop

      June 3, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  143. Andy

    "This is the REAL WORLD!"

    I see, we're supposed to take advice about the real world from someone who can't sing a single note without auto-tune.

    June 2, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  144. erich2112x

    Call me when you actually shoot a dude, candy ass. 1st Marine Division Afgh. Sucker slapping your boyfriend while he's driving down the street because you found some girl's # in his cell phone doesn't quite qualify.

    June 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Tee

    mother who are supporting This video and Rhianna, just wait until your lying son, cheating dad or husband, cheating uncle, nephew, cousin or even boyfriend whom u have a child or children by is gun down and, don't forget to play this inspiration song to help lift your spirit. It will happen. We have enough violence and destruction of our young men especially within black communities. Illustrating your train of thought on video knowing millions of youth are already attracted to your demonic style is encouraging and influencing to many hurting women. Watch our lying and cheating pastors Rhianna is showing hurting women how to get revenge and she as the approval of BET and other multi-million dollar heads. AMERICA IS IN TROUBLE WITH GOD. SHE HAS BECOME SUCH A GODLESS AND CARELESS NATION where anything does and can be done. SHE HAS NO STANDARDS of living.

    June 2, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • MalloryWin

      Unfortunately, God, if he/she/Being exists, probably doesn't care. Yeah, God cares that Michele Bachman takes America back to its fictional "christian roots" but could care less if children are orphaned by AIDS IN Africa. Sorry, but God doesn't worry himself about artists who put out premanufactured noise with the dubious label of art. I do believe someone attributed a little quote to God or someone says Judge not, lest Ye be judged. That doesn't apply to me because I don't believe in that god. Doesn't matter, I sleep well at night.

      June 3, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • proud liberal

      So you weren't good enough to get taken away May 21 🙂

      June 3, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  146. query1

    Yeah.. lisa I bet you wish you had their thongs too... uh?...

    June 2, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  147. query1

    Hey fat lip fat head lisa with your stupid and ignorant comment about Rhianna having class...
    I bet your class is as classy as Madonna and Lady GaGa's... thongs
    dumb trick...

    June 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  148. DasBoot

    I, for one, welcome our rapist killing overlords.

    June 2, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Ericmoody

    Leave people alone she is not hurting any one. She very talented and she been through a lot for the couple of years. Allow to enjoy her life and quit making a big deal out of nothing.people like yourself is trying to money by raising controversy that is all I have to say now shut up and live your own damn life.

    June 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Andrew

    Violence has become the new apple pie in the US. Bush glorified "shock and awe," and "bring 'em on," the NRA glorifies what the Beatles parodied in "Happiness is a warm gun.", sports glories it, domestic abuse is on the rise, movies make zillions off violence, and now music videos join in too. And many in the US claim it be a Christian nation. Baloney!

    June 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bugs Bunny

      Ever hear of the Crusades?? All those lives were lost in the name of God

      June 3, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  151. query1

    I guess if Rhianna went full out but naked
    with a crew of little monsters and
    called her self Lady RiRi it would be more acceptable
    I mean.. come on.. why come down so hard on one
    for what reason?.... Honestly?.....
    and bypass others who are no better...

    June 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Lisa

    Rhianna clearly continues to show how unclassy she is with her lyrics and videos. Freedom of speech is one thing, but pushing the moral line is clearly another.

    June 2, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      Truth be told, your comment show how "unclassy" you are. Preaching and judging like you own the church and court.

      June 3, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  153. wonka

    Change is good, if not for you, then sit back and enjoy stagnation.

    June 2, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Carole Clarke

    It's all marketing – if you drop off the charts you're history. The American pop public has the attention span of a gnat so every time an agent sees his "product" slipping, they try something to put them in the public eye. The publicists have gotten better at it since Milli Vanilli went bust. That's why she went back with the guy that beat her – anything to stay in the public eye. It's all fakery and technology. Let her sing without backup, without music, without technology – just one note off the piano to put her on key – then you see if there's any real talent.

    June 2, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  155. L

    I stop watching and listening to those songs long time ago. The so-called role models are just promoting violence, drugs, killing, and the list goes on. WHAT HAPPENED TO REAL MUSIC?

    June 2, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Annette

    Trust me I will turn off and tune out Rihanna and hope everyone else does!!!!!!!!! She of all women should be speakiung out.Does the name CHRIS BROWN ring a bell!!

    June 2, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bugs Bunny

      Your post doesn't make any sense. One moment it seems you are Anti-Rihanna and then you are standing up for her. Make up your mind!

      June 3, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  157. query1

    lot of issues in that one flick alone...
    but wow... I'm more in shock and awe....
    the anger and fight put up agianst Rhinannas video
    when every one of Lady GaGa's video is disturbing to kids at least
    what is the difference in the GaGa's bad romance video ending of her in her
    under wear a thong... to be exact in bed with a mans corps that she deliberately fried

    June 2, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • MizMc

      They both suck. I object to both artists equally. In fact, as of today I object to all of pop music dammit! Seriously.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  158. ryan

    Rhianna is seeking closure ,putting to rest her last situation,it will allow her to move on and make great music.all of her recent songs have expresed her pain. It also empowers women and men who are molested or abused to fight bacc.she chose an extreme method but it was to get the unreached to speak out,using their words to kill their abusers and attaccers. God bless anyone who reads this and their families!

    June 2, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Tyler

    If people dont like whats on tv turn the channel or turn it off NO ONE IS FORCING U TO WATCH.

    June 2, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      If you don't like these comments, don't read them. Nobody is forcing you.

      June 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  160. JohnMark

    Does everyone forget "Janie's got a Gun?" Very similar in that a "victim" uses gun violence against their "abuser"... Also, Dixie Chicks had some heat over 'Goodbye Earl" (wife abuse)... So we have been down this road before and the videos are now classics. This is just PR for Rhiannon..... there is no real issue here....

    June 2, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      good point man. But I gotta say after the way chris brown treated her, I can understand why she feels as strongly about this as she does. Can't say she's doing it for the pr but her record company sure won't mind.

      June 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Annette

    Disgusting Disturbing video Ever single person behind, infront and in this video should be ashamed!! Is there NOT enough violence in the streets! REALLY..JAY Z stop using young people to make more Millions!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  162. r

    Her haircolor is a very violent red.

    June 2, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  163. G

    If Rihanna was a male rapper we wouldn't even be talking about this. Violence towards women is saldy acceptable to society.

    June 2, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  164. RamblinRosie

    I am far more concerned about another aspect of this video. The violence begets violence concept is a sad fact. I think this video presents the scenario that dressing provocatively and behaving in a flirty and sensual way "invites" unwanted attention. No does mean no. I actually feel this video sets women back fifty years as far as being treated as objects instead of human beings. It also underscores the trend in black culture where women are viewed as playthings and men as studs who can do anything they want to them. Rihanna should be expressing female empowerment in ways that don't feed into these stereotypes. She is a beautiful girl with a great talent and can do so much better!

    June 2, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • MizMc

      Very good points (except for the part about her being talented). The music industry has long stopped caring about "the message". And "musicians" if they could be called that are more entrepreneurial than anything else these days – each trying to outdo the other. I put Rihanna in the same bag with Gaga today and I don't care which of them writes their own music or plays an instrument. I find both their music equally disturbing (and annoying). However, in a sense this idiot's tweets about parenting our own children and making sure they don't grow up to be like them (celebrities) are correct.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  165. D.J.

    I'm annoyed at the fact that everyone applies their own moral beliefs upon someone elses work. This (music) is a medium for artists to express themselves. Do you talk about how Shakespeare displayed couples killing each other since they can't be together? No we don't. Then why should, we treat Rihanna or any other artist in this manner. Let the music be art and if you don't like it, just don't listen to it or watch the videos. I also love how hip-hop is the genre beaten down, when these are problems that are in our society. Maybe instead of focusing on the art, people should fix the actual problem. At least educate the younger generation and maybe they can lead the change.

    June 2, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • dknj

      That's what I say.....she has the right to her artistic expression and we all have the right to our financial expression. Spend your money wisely!!!

      June 2, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • MalloryWin

      She has the right to artistic expression, and we have the right to express our criticism. Any artist knows that that is the price of doing business.

      June 3, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Represent

      You all have valid points. But, music is no longer a luxury medium. It now raises children of all ages, it is on every virtually everything in their world. Musicians more so than artiste to children are Giants, they rank right up there with super heroes. So, it can be said the musician should have no accountability, total autonomy, freedom of is an art form...relax! But, are you saying that all the expressions of nudity Andy the perpetuation of the degrading of women and now the emasculating of men is without consequence to our children. Who are you to be so greedy that you no longer understand that many of our children are raising themselves out of no fault of their own. Music used to be soothing to the soul, now it appears to have no conscience.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Ellie Powell

    She can do what she likes with her videos, it's a great song and I think it fits well with the video. If you think she's going to far with it, then look at lady gaga with telephone!!!!!

    June 2, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • kalo

      I know, this is all very silly. Gaga and Beyonce knocked off about 10 or so people, and no outrage. Other singers through the years have done violent sort of stuff in their videos – there's Aerosmith with Janey got a Gun, what about Carrie Underwood with He Cheats (or whatever that song was called). As is typical, all this does is just draw attention to the video. I wonder sometimes if these groups are bought and paid for by the muscian's PR firms.

      June 3, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  167. charlie crack

    Cant stand Rihanna. She just gets weirder by the minute.

    June 2, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  168. x

    Surprise surprise, another one of today's most popular female artists does something "controversial" and "edgy", and of course, she's applauded as being "groundbreaking" and "not caring what people think" with her empowering tweets about "self-expression." It's becoming so obnoxious and self-serving, esp. when these days artists do "controversial" things for the sake of it, not because there's actual substance or reason behind it. However, Rhianna is right. Parents need to do their job and parent, instead of using teachers, the media, the next door neighbor's kid, celebrities, and artists as scapegoats. They can't hide or prevent their kids from being affected by outside influences in some way or form, but it's up to them to actually discuss with their child on topics that might be inappropriate for them. Seems to me these days parents have become lazier and less responsible at actually parenting their kids. Makes me wonder why people have so many kids these days at all if they can't put in the time and effort to raise them well.

    June 2, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Nice response, these things are true. I do think groundbreaking and edgy arent "always" self-serving, though.

      June 3, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  169. Diamond Dave

    It's funny that everyone thinks she cam up with the idea for anything related to this song, video or her career for that matter. She is a good looking, autotuned tool, for music execs to make money from (.)

    June 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Do you even know who rihanna is or do you just think all black people like the same? And Autotuned? Do you even know what autotune is dude.

      June 2, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diamond Dave

      Yeah, I know what an autotune machine is and I'm sure she uses it. Funny, I never mentioned anything about anyone being black... dude.

      June 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigLilPenny

      I agree with you Diamond Dave. She's beautiful but not really original or that talented. She's certainly no vocal lyricist and I'm sure much of her stuff is auto-tuned. Her songs sound too robotic. Many of today's youth don't know what real music or real vocals sound like. I'm black and this is not a racial comment. The sister is attractive but at the end of the day just not that creative or talented. Its a thinly veiled attempt to live out her fantasy of getting revenge for the abuse that she endured. She didn't deserve to be abused but this is no work of art.

      June 2, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kitty MJ Fentilera

      Do you know who Rihanna is? Are you aware of how autotune sounds???? Can you honsetly decipher the difference between a voice using autotune and someone's natural talent???? Have you taken time out to see any of her live performances? Yea, a great number of artists use autotune, but I have yet to see one use it during a live performance other than if they were lipsyncing. Considering how I am a big Rihanna fan, I would be able to admit if she did use autotune, and I know for aa fact she does not. 🙂

      June 2, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Kitty, you're in denial if you believe this fraud doesn't use Auto Tune during live performances. And yes, I can tell. It sounds sterile, lacking human error which gives music it's warmth. Also, everyone of her recordings are autotuned, so to give her fans the true Rihanna, she HAS to use auto-tune.

      June 2, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • donutman

      now if only millions of pop music fans would think like you, maybe we would get back to great pop music like the way it used to be...not the garbage that people are gobbling up, fed to them by today's dysfunctional, greed motivated pop industry...unfortunately, there's not enough of us out there anymore, and the radio as well as television, internet etc. are all in the industry's back pocket. this is the result

      June 2, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
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    • MalloryWin

      Kitty MJ listening to one or two Kanye West songs where he obviously uses autotune, he is modulating his voice for an effect. The autotune for which the poster indicates is used for its primary function, which is to tune the voice to perfect in tuneness automatically, effectively taking the skill out of singing in most cases. Just because someone sounds good on a CD doesn't mean they have a talented singing voice-the Black Eye Peas proved that at the superbowl this year. Sounding good on a CD just means they have a good producer

      June 3, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
    • i cant believe is not butter

      ,,I hate that stpd video yo!...the last thing we need is woman thinking they can shoot us. If we kkkiiikkkkk their

      June 3, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  170. The Mad R@p3r

    I decry the unacceptable level of violence done to this clearly innocent man. Won't somebody think of the children?

    June 2, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kitty MJ Fentilera

      Explain to me how the man in the video was "clearly innocent". Did you even watch the video? Also, if parents have an issue with their children watching the Man Down video, I'm pretty sure their remote control works.

      June 2, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Mad R@p3r

      Check the scratch on the guys cheek. He followed her out of the club after they danced to get her number. Out of nowhere she scratches his face and tries clawing his eyes out(the part they of course don't show in the video). In self defense he pushes her away and flees the attack.

      June 2, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stay M@d

      Do you know how ignorant you sound... What is your intellectual level?... What purpose are you serving in this world?... How could you watch a video say the man is innocent & then come to the conclusion that she is the one that put the scar on his face and where did his eye come out? But next time think before you speak cause you just made a damn fool of yourself

      June 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
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    • The Mad R@p3r

      How can you say that? That scratch is real, it's obviously from her attacking him. The opening of the video is her taking him out so he can't press charges against her for attacking him. I would think this was painfully obvious.

      June 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edsr

      Apparently Rihanna does not care about children....................all she cares about is money and trying to be what she is not...........

      June 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • bryan

      Yeah but the sapranos is allow to be seen on Rgr and what about csi there is no freedom in this country any more to many liberals

      June 2, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Thoes core value people are full of it as usual .

      June 3, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul T

      Did they complain this much when Aerosmith wrote "Janie's got a gun"? NO!

      June 3, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Stay M@d maybe that should clear it some things for you cause you seem to be a little light headed and the video is about when someone does something bad to you dont retaliate in a way that you know is going to affect your life later on... stop taking the lyrics literally and tryy and have some common sense

      June 3, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • C

      I think the reaction to his attempt at hummor and irony are funnier then the statement itself. That so many people can't understand when someone is just having a good time with them made every single poster look dumber and dumber. Just amazing

      June 3, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      This video is intended for peoples 18 years of age or older. The CD adio album is intended for peoples 17 years of age.
      If the album does not have a parental advisory warning... time to have your daughter hit her boyfriend (he's in on it) and sue the pants of the FCC.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Biff

      Now this is violence!

      June 3, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Ambrogino

      I want to laugh when parents and religious groups say something is too violent.

      I'm sure those same groups loved the movie "Passion of the Christ" and probably took their kids to see it several times; after all, it was a top grossing movie (and a snuff film) so they probably saw it several times. Hypocrites...

      June 3, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Fury

      HUZZAH! successful Trolling indeed! good job sir, look at all those fools feeding the troll. hilarious!

      June 3, 2011 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      You are an idiot. Do you not understand that the end was shown at the beginning fool. Why not just jump off the damn planet.

      June 3, 2011 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
    • The Mad R@p3r

      Oh that's a scar, silly me. Wow, she must have assaulted him more viciously than I'd assumed at first. He must heal really fast for it to have scarred over in one night. This guys like Wolverine or something!

      June 3, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Rachael

      Misogyny and violence toward women has been commonplace in the music industry for years; I don't see how this any different.

      June 3, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Represent

      What happened to the young woman who said F love she had to represent the young girls, who looked up to her? Those young girls have parents who buy Covergirl makeup which she represents, Nivea, skin creme which her song is the background. I think murder is enough to end representation and reputation.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • ceg

      I agree this is too violent. What!? Is it every time there is a little or even a big fight for that matter, that someone has to go home or go get a gun? This is what we should be talking about. How many funerals and or people lives must be destroyed before we stand up and say Enough! I don't care that Rihanna is a entertainer, we have the right to stop encouraging this kind of behavior. So when it becomes your son or daughter or brother or sister or mother or father that got killed because someone got into a physical struggle? Then maybe just maybe you who hold Rihanna so high or any other who chooses this way to express themselves to understand something is very wrong with our culture, and our people for allowing this to continue to go on!

      June 3, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • JSmith

      the bottom line is just what others have said, if Chris Brown made this video everyone here would be against him. Don't be hypocrites this is wrong – plain and simple. Just because she's a women doesn't mean she can show premeditated violence.

      June 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • OHNY

      All I have to say is "I shot a man in Texas, just to watch him die"....

      June 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Mad R@p3r

      If a man made a video like this it would already be pulled from BET. I'm tired of women and our culture at large not admitting to the rampant misandry in modern society.

      June 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • john pointon

      no nothing wrong with video i look at it as self defense he did her bodily harm and she venged it

      June 5, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |

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