Rihanna wants controversial ‘Man Down’ video to ‘give a voice to victims’

Singer fends off criticisms from pressure groups

Rihanna has insisted that the video for her new single ‘Man Down’ can help give a voice to victims of abuse after it came under fire from pressure groups in the United States.

The video – which you can see by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking – shows the singer shooting a man in the head, which provoked criticism from pressure groups including the Parents Television Council and Industry Ears.

But according to Yahoo, Rihanna has defended the video by claiming that it tackles sensitive subject matter and can help those who have suffered from abuse. “We just wanted to hone in on a very serious matter that people are afraid to address, especially if you’ve been victimized in this scenario,” said the singer.

“I’ve been abused in the past and you don’t see me running around killing people in my spare time. If I can be a voice for so many that aren’t heard, then I win twice.”

Earlier this week, Paul Porter, co-founder of US pressure group Industry Ears, said: “If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video, the world would stop. Rihanna should not get a pass. The video is far from broadcast worthy”. Melissa Henson, director of communications and public education for the Parents Television Council, added: “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.

“Instead of telling victims they should seek help, Rihanna released a music video that gives retaliation in the form of premeditated murder.”