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Outrage Over Rihanna’s “Man Down” Video Proves ‘Rape Culture’ is Global

Rape-scene from Rihanna’s ‘Man Down’ video

When Rihanna recently premiered her Anthony Mandler-directed mini-movie/music video for “Man Down,” a single off of her fifth studio album, Loud, she must have known that a controversy would erupt.

Why would she introduce us to such primitive and senseless violence in a world where X-Men: First Class, a movie about some peaceful mutants is about to dominate the box office?

Who can even remember the last time they watched and enjoyed a violent movie? Why do we need to be thinking about things like raaaaape when women in countries like Libya and South Africa are only raped when they deserve it?

It’s not like anyone rapes children or sexy 85-year-old grandmothers, so what is the big deal?!

Where are my rose-colored glasses when I need them the most?

Who is Rihanna to force our children to be exposed to such raw violence when there only about nine major wars currently in progress globally in unknown places like Afghanistan, Somalia, and Iraq? And there only maybe 20-something other international conflicts that have cost a few million lives or so.

Furthermore, how dare she pick on a beautiful country like Jamaica, providing a view of the region that is both damaging and unrealistic?!

Let’s not even get started on how this video “makes all Black men look bad.”

Obviously, there should be a law passed that mandates only a positive “half-glass FULL” approach to the world be used in art, politics, etc.

The video is clearly a way “to glorify and advocate ‘cold, calculated execution of murder’,” as stated by the Parents Television Council.

The council went on to mention that despite pleading guilty to felony assault [on Rihanna] in 2009, “if Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop. Rihanna should not get a pass…”

One thing men and women can agree on, when a woman is punched like a man… by a man, she deserved it.

Thank goodness for people with sense who realize that because “rape” is purely motivated by a desire to share a fun sexual experience with another human-being, “there is a good chance that the ‘rape’ in the video wouldn’t have happened if she wasn’t acting and looking like a hooker,” says one woman.

Even the United States Congress knows that if a woman is drugged, raped, and impregnated, she obviously wanted it to occur.

Rihanna has fired back replying, “making [‘Man Down’] into a mini-movie or video, we needed to go back to why it happened. Obviously she’s not a cold-blooded killer. It had to be something so offensive, and we decided to hone in on a very serious matter that people are afraid to address.” but some parents aren’t buying it!

One woman says, “it is already hard enough as a parent to keep them away from people who mean them harm. Now we have all this media (tv, dvd, games) glorifying sex, murder without showing any consequences. This is why these kids are so confused today.”

What are we expecting parents to do? Have control or demonstrate their role as educators of their own children?

If a mother doesn’t want to talk about rape or sex with her 11-year-old daughter who is now pregnant by her father, that’s her choice, right?

Let’s inject a fact: 1 in 4 women are raped before graduating college.

How are we protecting our children by misleading them or dumping them on entertainers?

Rihanna on Twitter

From the United States to Europe to Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, the Arab world, Africa and beyond, the rules are the same: “don’t get raped.”

Nowhere in those rules will you find “don’t rape or victimize others;” just “dont get raped.”

As a friend has pointed-out, “instead of talking to [our children], preparing them, and warning them — we yank the videos off the air and allow them to live in the utopia of dirty dancing, mindless anthems and lyrics, and the idea that violence doesn’t occur against women and children.”

Where is the statement from the PTC on artists like Tyler, The Creator and Odd Future who are using their music to turn rape and murder into the new “swag”?

Then again, their platform is no different than hardcore punk bands like Bad Brains or rap groups like Wu-Tang Clan.

Meaning, we live in a world — not just a country, not just people who like hip-hop or rock music, not any one ethnic group — but a WORLD that is excited by being repulsed a little… unless someone with a vagina does it.

SlutWalk 2011, ‘Dont Tell Us How To Dress, Tell Men Not to Rape’

One woman’s comment is actually what inspired the writing of my rant:

“After centuries of dealing with abusive men both in real life and in videos, it’s nice to see a woman seek retribution even if it is only in a fantasy music video. Perhaps it will empower some women and put fear in the hearts of men.

The thing I like about today’s generation of women is that they aren’t taking any crap from rapists and men who are abusive. You have Beyoncé singing songs to empower women, Lady Gaga enforcing women’s right to be who they are, even whilst exuding sexuality and confidence and so many other artists who are strengthening the morale of our young women so they don’t grow up feeling like powerless and pathetic victims of these powerless and pathetic men who prey on women…”

Instead of the conversation being focused on how any innocent person (female or male) can be quickly transformed by being violently or non-violently assaulted, the only conclusion is that the video for “Man Down” is strictly about murder.

Instead of realizing that perhaps every young woman may need to be trained in self-defense and carrying a weapon, we feel bad for the rapist who, in a video, gets off easy with a fatal shot.

We’ve given up on trying to keep men from being pedophiles and rapists and leave all responsibility at the feet of their victims.

Meanwhile, we’re still having protests over the recent acquittal of New York City police officers who raped an unconscious woman and launching SlutWalks in Toronto.

We meet once again at one of the longest debates ever… is life imitating art or art imitating life?

What is this “Man Down” controversy teaching children? Well for one, women and children deserve to be violated.

Secondly, their parents are cowards and are therefore hindering advocacy against rape or any other violence.

And lastly, this is the wonderful fairy-dust and cotton candy-filled world they shall soon inherit.

Find help

If you’re in the U.S. and you or someone you know needs help with rape or abuse, please contact:

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 (800) 799-7233 / www.ndvh.org
  • Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network at 1 (800) 656-4673 / www.rainn.org


Watch Rihanna’s “Man Down” Music Video