Saturday, June 4, 2011

Rihanna defends video, says rape victims need a voice

Singer Rihanna performs on NBC's 'Today' show in New York, May 27, 2011. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

RIHANNA is defending her latest music video, which opens with a man being shot in the head.

The video for the song, Man Down, shows a young woman shooting a man who, we later learn, had raped her the night before.

On Tuesday, the Parents Television Council called the clip 'disturbing' and asked television channels to stop airing it.

Rihanna responded to the backlash, saying the video is 'art with a message.' 'We just wanted to hone in on a very serious matter that people are afraid to address, especially if you've been victimised in this scenario,' the pop star said.

'I've been abused in the past and you don't see me running around killing people in my spare time,' she said.

But the 23-year-old says rape happens too often and those victims need a voice. 'If I can be a voice for so many that aren't heard, then I win twice,' she said. -- CHINA DAILY/ANN

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