Yesterday, the Parents Television Council released a statement slamming the visual for the latest Rihanna single ‘Man Down‘. Now, the Nivea model has hit back at the claims the video endorsed the use of weapons and vigilantism.
Find out what she had to say below…
Taking to her Twitter account just moments ago, she said the following:
‘I’m a 23 year old rockstar with NO KIDS! What’s up with everybody wantin me to be a parent? I’m just a girl, I can only be your/our voice!’
‘Cuz we all know how difficult/embarrassing it is to communicate touchy subject matters to anyone especially our parents!’
‘And this is why!Cuz we turn the other cheek! U can’t hide your kids from society,or they’ll never learn how to adapt!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’
Whilst she may never be regarded as an artist with an intellectual agenda, the video has indeed sparked a debate over a taboo and often uncomfortable subject. As well as this, it has also led to many questioning the real motives behind the starlet’s backlash from the PTC who also criticized her Billboard Music Awards showing.
In all honesty, if Ms.Fenty is to face any criticism it should be for her crimes against music, not for bravely thrusting such a serious and important issue to the forefront of social psyche.
With the seemingly never ending gratuitous violence being churned out day by day from all corners of the media, perhaps the PTC should ask themselves if a Rihanna video is really what’s wrong with the world today.