October 26, 2011 19:47
Rihanna's video for 'We Found Love' is "a disgrace", say anti-rape campaigners
Singer criticised for portraying herself as "an object to be possessed by men"
The track – which is the first song to be taken from the singer's forthcoming new studio album 'Talk That Talk' – has spent the last three weeks at Number One in the UK singles chart, but its accompanying video has been criticised by the Rape Crisis Centre for sending out an inappropriate message.
The Rape Crisis Centre's Eileen Kelly complained to The Daily Star about the clip, in which Rihanna is spanked and has the word 'Mine' tattooed on her backside by male model Dudley O'Shaughnessy.
Rihanna's new video is a disgrace. It sends the message that she is an object to be possessed by men, which is disturbingly what we see in real violence cases.
Rihanna has faced criticism for her videos before. In June, US pressure groups called for the video for her single 'Man Down' to be banned as they claimed it promoted murder, although she insisted it could help "give a voice to victims". The video portrayed her shooting an attacker after being raped.
Last week, meanwhile, the singer settled a lawsuit with fashion photographer David LaChapelle over her 'S&M' video, after he claimed certain scenes in the clip for the single were plagiarised from his own shoots.
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