Rihanna’s latest video, “Shot A Man Down,” is being criticized by the The Parents Television Council for promoting murder in retaliation for domestic abuse. The video features Rihanna shooting a man in retaliation for domestic violence. The lyrics to the song also depict Rihanna telling her mother that she killed a man. MTV reports:
” ‘Man Down’ is an inexcusable, shock-only, shoot-and-kill theme song,” said Industry Ears co-founder Paul Porter, a former programming director at BET.
The PTC lamented that Rihanna had a “golden opportunity” to use her celebrity status to send an important message to young girls and victims of rape and domestic violence with the clip, but had missed the mark. “Instead of telling victims they should seek help, Rihanna released a music video that gives retaliation in the form of premeditated murder the imprimatur of acceptability,” said the PTC’s Melissa Henson.