This Blogger is Pro-Rihanna

7 06 2011

The freaking Parents Television Council is up in arms again. Although when they ever put those arms down, I’m not sure.

Shifting focus from usual target Miley Cyrus, who seems to be laying low since that adult doll companion hit online markets, the PTC took aim at R&B star Rihanna’s new single “Man Down.”  More specifically, they have issues with the video shot [Pun Intended] to accompany it, which premiered on BET last week.

The organization feels as though Rihanna missed her moment for what would have been a great opportunity to educate young fans.   Melissa Henson, of the PTC, said in a statement that “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.”

The Barbadian singer responded, “I just really want girls to be careful. Have fun, be sassy, be innocent, be sweet, be everything that you are. But just try not to be naive. That’s not coming from a parent but from a peer.”

Now, I’ve seen the video. I’ve read the lyrics. I’ve heard the news coverage of this ‘scandal.’  There has been a significant amount of backlash, but honestly I think she could have taken the imagery further.

I support Rihanna, and any other artist who is advocating that young women fight back against the injustices inflicted upon us, 103%.  The Parents Television Council is completely and totally delusional. Their children are the ones who will be unprepared to deal with any number of life’s challenges– their communication skills crippled by their rigid, out-of-touch parents.

Rihanna told BET last Thursday,  “Boys and girls feel compelled to be embarrassed about it and hide it from everyone, including their teachers, their parents and their friends. That only continues to empower the abusers,”  and she is absolutely right.

I do not endorse vigilante behavior of any kind, but the majority of abused women do not come forward. When they do, a legal junglegym of technicalities and variables backs them into a corner. Every women is entitled to protect herself and reclaim her sanity by whatever means she chooses.

She is evolving as an artist, dabbling once again in the reggae sound that launched her still-ascending  career– but more importantly she is healing as a woman. Chris Brown changed her life immeasurably and permanently, and if she wants to dress up and pretend to seek revenge on a man who’s done something unforgivable, THEN MORE POWER TO HER.

For anyone who liked the message of “Man Down,” see also:
– “Gunpowder & Lead” by Miranda Lambert
– “Goodbye Earl” by Dixie Chicks

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