rihanna man downThe opening scene of the singer's "Man Down" music video shows her gunning down her alleged rapist in a crowded public space and then leaving the scene.
"Rihanna's personal story and status as a celebrity superstar provided a golden opportunity for the singer to send an important message to female victims of rape and domestic violence," said Melissa Henson, director of communications and public education for the Parents Television Council in a news release. "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."
Along with the PTC, media justice think tank Industry Ears, as well as the Enough Is Enough Campaign, also are blasting the video, which debuted on BET Tuesday night.
"If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop," said Paul Porter, co-founder of Industry Ears and a former voice of BET, in a news release. "Rihanna should not get a pass and BET should know better. The video is far from broadcast worthy.
Earlier this week, Rihanna tweeted to her fans that the video has a "very strong underlying message 4 girls like me!"